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Unformatted text preview: ical Transmission of a Chemical Compound?
E. B. Wilson (1895) wrote about the possible function of chromatin and nuclein: nuclein: “The precise equivalence of the chromosomes contributed by the two sexes is a physical correlative of the fact that the two sexes play… equal parts in hereditary transmission, and it play… seems to show that the chromosomal substance, the chromatin, is to be regarded as the physical basis of the inheritance. Now, chromatin is known to be closely similar to…. nuclein (C29H49N9P3O22, according to Miescher), which Miescher), to… analysis shows to be a…chemical composed of nucleic acid…. a… acid… And thus we reach the remarkable conclusion that inheritance inheritance may, perhaps, be effected by the physical transmission of a particular chemical compound from parent to offspring.” Emil Fischer: Synthetic Chemist
Reading Emil Fischer’s Reading Fischer’ Nobel Prize acceptance speech gives one an idea of how a chemist or chemical how biologist thinks. If one can use uric acid from If guano to make caffeine, why not use it to form the nitrog...
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