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Page 1Letter from D. P. Riley to Linus Pauling. May 2, 1953.
Riley writes that, due to budget restraints, he is being compelled to apply for a position at Queen's University in Kingston,
Ontario, Canada. As such, Riley asks that Pauling please provide an informal letter of recommendation. He also discusses
the details of his current research on the structure of proteins as well as the on-going debate over the correct structure
of DNA. Riley surmises that "of the two [DNA structures], I must say that I prefer [Watson and Crick's] as it is more flexible
and labile [than the Pauling-Corey model]; also the phosphate groups are on the outside and there seems to be good chemical
evidence for this." Riley does, however, note that the Pauling-Corey model is "most convincing from the packing point-of-view"
and concludes that both structures might possibly exist in differing circumstances. Transcript.
Creator: D.P. Riley
Recipient: Linus Pauling
Associated: Robert D. Vold, Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada)
Date: May 2, 1953
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