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Letter from Linus Pauling to Eugene J. Hochman. October 29, 1956.
Pauling writes to thank Hochman for his encouragement and to note that even the small
bits of progress that he and his colleagues are likely to make will have an impact
on solving the larger problem: "the relation between the genes, including defective
genes, and the organism, the human being himself."
29 October 1956
Mr. Eugene J. Hochman
3860 Monroe Street
Toledo 6, Ohio
Dear Mr. Hochman:
I was greatly pleased to receive your letter of 9 September - of the rather large
number of letters that I have got during the last month or two, it was the one that
has given me the most happiness.
My colleagues and I are hard at work now on our new investigations. We are confident
that something will come out of the work - we are trying to get the answer to a
basic biological problem, about the relation between the genes, including defective
genes, and the organism, the human being himself. This problem is such a great one
that we cannot hope to do more than to obtain a small part of its solution; but I
sure that even a small part will help in the attack on disease.
I thank you again for writing to me.
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