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Page 1Letter from Linus Pauling to Max Delbrück. April 20, 1953.
Pauling writes to discuss Watson's upcoming trip to Caltech for a virus symposium.
Pauling feels that the work Watson is doing with Crick is important enough to warrant
him going back to Cambridge for the two months between the symposium and his planned
research at Caltech in the Fall. Pauling notes that he was "very deeply impressed"
by the Watson-Crick structure of DNA. He then discusses the problems that he had with
the crystallography results, and describes the reasons why the King's College group
was able to obtain a better result that enabled them to deduce the double-helical
structure. Pauling closes by suggesting that there is a chance that Watson and Crick
are wrong, but that it is not very likely. Transcript.
Date: April 20, 1953
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