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    In 1871, the Swiss physiological chemist Friedrich Miescher published the results of a detailed chemical analysis of pus cells, in which he showed that the nuclei of these cells contained a hitherto unknown phosphorus-rich chemical which he named 'nuclein' for its specific localisation. Published in German, 'Ueber Die Chemische Zusammensetzung Der Eiterzellen', [On the Chemical Composition of Pus Cells] Medicinisch-Chemische Untersuchungen (1871) 4: 441-60, was the first publication to describe DNA, and yet remains relatively obscure. We therefore undertook a translation of the paper into English, which, together with the original article, can be accessed via the following link In this paper, we offer some intellectual context for its publication and immediate reception.


    Kersten Hall, Neeraja Sankaran. DNA translated: Friedrich Miescher's discovery of nuclein in its original context. British journal for the history of science. 2021 Mar;54(1):99-107

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