Reply to H. V. Wyatt

@article{Lederberg1972ReplyTH,
  title={Reply to H. V. Wyatt},
  author={Joshua Lederberg},
  journal={Nature},
  year={1972},
  volume={239},
  pages={234-234}
}
WYATT's inference1 that Avery's work on pneumococcal transformation was not well recognized by geneticists in the decade following his 1944 report2 is somewhat at odds with my own recollection and experience. If we sometimes omitted a specific citation to the original work, this is testimony to his name (like Mendel's) having already become a household word, too familiar to require routine attribution. A more useful reference might be a later review. 
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