Letter from James D. Watson to Francis Crick


Title:
Letter from James D. Watson to Francis Crick
Creator:
Watson, James D., 1928-
Recipient:
Crick, Francis, 1916-2004
Date:
11 December 1954
Description:
Watson here gave details about his X-ray studies of the structure of RNA (ribonucleic acid), the single-stranded companion molecule to DNA which is an essential intermediary in protein synthesis. His warning that "it will be a nasty job to prove existence of 20 specific cavities" in RNA (p.3) was a reference to George Gamow's idea that genes could provide a direct, physical template for the twenty amino acids that form the polypeptide chains of which proteins are made up.. Jim
Original Repository:
The Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers
Location:
Box: 26. Folder: PP/CRI/D/2/45
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of James D. Watson.
Genre:
Letters (correspondence)
Subject:
RNA and DNA
Format:
Text
Extent:
4 pages
Language:
English
Legacy Source Citation:
Original Repository. Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine. Francis Harry Compton Crick Papers. 11646. URL. http://archives.wellcome.ac.uk/
Legacy ID:
SCBBJN
NLM ID:
101584582X119
Profiles Collection:
The Francis Crick Papers
Story Section:
Defining the Genetic Coding Problem, 1954-1957