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Key Participants

William T. Astbury
Oswald T. Avery
Sir William Lawrence Bragg
Erwin Chargaff
Martha Chase
Robert B. Corey
Francis H. C. Crick
Max Delbrück
Jerry Donohue
Rosalind Franklin
R. D. B. (Bruce) Fraser
Alfred D. Hershey
Linus Pauling
Peter J. Pauling
Max F. Perutz
J. T. (John Turton) Randall
Verner Schomaker
Alexander R. Todd
James D. Watson
Maurice H. F. Wilkins

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Portrait of Oswald T. Avery.
Portrait of Oswald T. Avery. 1940s.
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Oswald T. Avery


Oswald T. Avery Collection
Location: U. S. National Library of Medicine, History of Medicine Division
Address: 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894
Size: 6 boxes, 2.6 linear feet
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Phone: 301-402-8878  Fax: 301-402-0872
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Avery, Oswald Theodore (1877-1955) Papers, 1867-1970
Location: Tennesee State Library and Archives
Address: 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243
Size: 600 items and 2 volumes, 1.68 linear feet
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"Both Francis and I had no doubts that DNA was the gene. But most people did. And again, you might say, 'Why didn't Avery get the Nobel Prize?' Because most people didn't take him seriously. Because you could always argue that his observations were limited to bacteria, or that [the transformation of Pneumococcus that he described was caused by] a protein resistant to proteases and that the DNA was just scaffolding."

James Watson. Nature, 302: 654. April 1983.

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