The importance of temperate phage lambda and lysogenicity, transduction by phage lambda, and co-development of replica plating
has been noted in "A Dictionary of Genetics", by Robert C. King and William D. Stansfield, Oxford University
Press, 4th Edition, 1990.
While it appears as though the J. Lederberg website claims he invented replica plating by himself (a
deception that does not bear examination in the literature), others feel that not only was Esther Lederberg
a major contributor (as cited in the original paper), but was indeed the true person that invented replica
plating. As one researcher has stated "I remember (from her and others) that she
was the one who went to the fabrics store and selected velvet of the best thickness, pile, etc. to give
the cleannest prints." It is also well known that the first uses of replica plating used the cloth from
Esther's powder puff.
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For supporting information, see the National Library of Medicine, NIH site about Joshua Lederberg at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/lederberg/lederberghome.html .
For supporting information concerning gender discrimination in science, see http://www.scientificlegacies.org .