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Letter from J. T. Randall to Linus Pauling. August 28, 1951.
Randall writes to inform Pauling that, contrary to the impressions of Dr. Oster, Maurice Wilkins does intend to continue investigations on a series of x-ray photographs of desoxyribonucleic acid.


Professor Linus Pauling,

California Institute of Technology,

Gates and Crellin Laboratories of Chemistry,

Pasadena 4.

28th August, 1951

Dear Professor Pauling,

It was nice to hear from you on returning from holiday yesterday.

I am sorry that Oster is rather misinformed about our intentions with regard to nucleic acid. Wilkins and others are busily engaged in working out the interpretation of the desoxyribosenucleic acid X-ray photographs and it would not be fair to them, or to the efforts of the laboratory as a whole, to-hand these over to you. Wilkins has, of course, obtained a good deal of information already from his optical studies and it is natural that he should wish to carry through the X-ray investigations.

I was not able to attend the Gordon Conference which opened at New Hampton yesterday but Wilkins is attending and will be talking about his optical work.

With very best wishes,

Yours sincerely,

J.T. Randall

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