Letters to Pontecorvo from the Royal Society about his paperProduction of indefinitely multiplying mammalian somatic cell hybrids by polyethylene glycol (PEG) treatmentand the decision not to publish it in theProceedings of the Royal Society

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  • Reference
      GB 248 UGC 198/7/4/1/1
  • Dates of Creation
      Apr 1975
  • Physical Description
      2 letters, copy of paper and referee report (13 pages)

Scope and Content

Pontecorvo was informed by the Executive Secretary of the Royal Society that his paper was unfit for publication and he enclosed a copy of the referees's report stating why it was declined. Pontecorvo has marked the bundle "important and amusing" and writes that "the paper was sent to Somatic Cell Genetics and published at once. It has the higest citation rate in all my papers".

He suspected that the referee may have been Sir Henry Harris (a pioneer of research on cancer and genetics) but was not certain of this. Also includes a copy of Pontecorvo's paper.