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Experimental notes (holograph) headed "Biochemical Work on Lysozyme," beginning: "The object of the work was to crystallise lysozyme from several species of birds, on the chance that one of them would be more crystallographically suitable than chick lysozyme...."
Attached to the sheets is a note: "Vernon / I found this in an old folder! / Francis".
Also included in the file are five related graphs (dated 10-18 May, 1951), and a photograph (b/w, 4 1/2" x 31/2") showing crystals of lysozyme nitrate (dated 2 December, 1950).
Vernon Ingram, to whom it appears Crick's attached note was addressed, did not join the MRC Unit at the Cavendish Laboratory until 1952, at the invitation of Max Perutz. In the spring of 1955, Ingram and Crick began a series of genetic experiments with the enzyme lysozyme. See Crick, What Mad Pursuit (1988), pp. 103-4, and see also Judson, The Eighth Day of Creation (1996), pp. 301ff.