Oswald Theodore Avery and DNA

  title={Oswald Theodore Avery and DNA},
  author={Alvin F. Coburn},
  journal={Perspectives in Biology and Medicine},
  pages={623 - 630}
  • A. Coburn
  • Published 7 January 2015
  • History
  • Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
To one who had no scientific association with Avery's work it seems appropriate to place the following information on the record. I am motivated to make this report because repeatedly I note that many persons in high echelons of science are unaware that Oswald T. Avery envisaged the implications ofthe discovery ofhis "transforming factor." As early as 1943 Avery did indeed understand the significance ofDNA in microbial genetics, the discovery ofwhich culminated his extraordinarily creative life… 
Oswald Avery and the Origin of Molecular Biology
  • N. Russell
  • History
    The British Journal for the History of Science
  • 1988
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