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Page 2Letter from Linus Pauling to Alexander Todd. December 19, 1952.
Pauling writes that he is happy that Todd has succeeded in synthesizing three coenzymes.
Pauling and Dr. Corey are determined to find the precise structure of nucleotides,
as it is still undiscovered. He mentions that some Cavendish scientists are working
in this field, but that the field of nucleotide structure is so large that it cannot
be expected that these scientists will "do the whole job." Pauling asks Dr. Todd for
crystalline preparations of nucleotides, noting that he and Dr. Corey will probably
first work on the structure of phosphate diester as he believes that knowing information
about these substances can lead to the discovery of the structure of nucleic acids.
Pauling encloses a copy of a letter to Bragg asking for information that would prevent
Pauling from duplicating work that has already been done. He also notes that he is
interested in the structure of ATP.
Date: December 19, 1952
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