"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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