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How the second paper (on the replication of DNA) was written, Matthew Meselson

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Interviewee: Matt Meselson Matt Meselson talks about how he and Frank were "encouraged" by Max Delbruck to write up the results of their experiment on semi-conservative DNA replication. (DNAi Location: Code > Copying the code > Players > Matt Meselson > Writing the paper)
Transcript:
The second paper was on the replication of DNA and we took a long time to write it, we wanted to do a lot of things just right, and Max was getting quite impatient. And Caltech owns a wonderful marine station at Corona del Mar I think it is, and there's a tower on that building which is a little office and as I recall there is a bathroom, I think, and Max was, Max was always wonderfully dramatic about things, and he locked us in and said we're not going to let you out, paper's done. As I remember I think we got let out at night, each night. But Manny would bring the food, Max's wife Manny, to the door and somehow, I don't know, maybe they unlocked the door and put it under, I don't remember too clearly. But Frank and I worked on the paper, we didn't actually quite finish it, but we got it basically done and that was that.
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matthew meselson,replication of dna,max delbruck,dna replication,corona del mar,dnai,location code,interviewee,caltech,stahl,long time
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