"In suggesting that hydrogen bonds determined the three-dimensional configuration
of proteins - and thus their biological specificity - Pauling and Mirsky enunciated
a fundamental relation between molecular structure and biological function. It was
also one of the cornerstones of Pauling's conception of molecular architecture, a
metaphor and method for explaining life in health and disease, which would lend legitimacy
to the molecular biology enterprise."
Lily E. Kay. The Molecular Vision of Life: Caltech, The Rockefeller Foundation and the Rise of
the New Biology (New York: Oxford University Press). 1993.
"This was a fortunate arrangement. Not only did Mirsky teach me how to handle proteins
in the laboratory - they are far more delicate than inorganic substances - but he
also gave me a great amount of information about the properties of proteins and especially
about denaturation of proteins."
Linus Pauling. "How My Interest in Proteins Developed." January 12, 1993.