(28 x 21,5 cm). 8 (3) S. Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen. Original-Broschur. (Sonderdruck aus: Scientific American).
San Francisco, Freeman, 1957.
Erste Ausgabe. - "If proteins are the principal stuff of life, the nucleic acids are its blue prints-the molecules on which the Secret of Life, if we may speak of such a thing, is written. The nucleic acids occur in every living cell. It seems, according to our best present information, that they direct the manufacture of proteins and hold the key to the hereditary constitution of all living things. Like the proteins, the nucleic acids are high polymers, but they are polymers with a difference. If we ever achieve a complete understanding of their construction and behavior, we shall probably have the answer to how nature goes about forming each living organism" (Einleitung). - Name auf Titel, sonst gut erhalten.