"Deeply inspired by D'Arcy Thompson's ideas on form, Wrinch capitalized on topological
considerations. She proposed during the mid-1930s a honeycomb-like cage structure,
a cyclol, for native globular proteins. That the cyclol consisted of 288 amino acid
residues - and thus supposedly offered yet another independent source of evidence
for the Svedberg and Bergmann-Niemann units - only served to enhance the 'hypnotic
power of numerology."
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.
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