(I have a few minutes to write while Esther gives her seminar on the deletions of Gal genes in [lambda] transduction).
I am sorry that you and Motoo will not be able to visit Stanford sooner, but of course understand the underlying considerations.
We do look forward to your own visit later on.
About ABCC, there are too fairly obvious surmises --
(a) The further studies ([plus/minus] radiation effects) will be useful if and only if they are carefully controlled from
a genetic standpoint
(b) This is only feasible with the active interest and participation of Japanese human geneticists.
I took it on myself to bring this up rather frankly with Matsunaga who ought to be a crucial person in any such consideration.
As I suspected, he and all other Japanese geneticists have been actively disinterested in ABCC, a/c its connection with a
futile radiation-effect study. But he could see the enormous activity of exploiting the survey effort for a more general
study, e.g.[sic] of the same kinds of problems they are to trying to analyze in Hokkaido.
There is only one thing to do -- you informally, or NRC formally, to ask a small group of Japanese geneticists [plus/minus]
one or two Americans, perhaps better without, to make their own recommendation to you of the usefulness of ABCC for human
genetic work here. Their conclusions should have some bearing on the general value of ABCC, but it would be politically unwise
to stress this point as a basis of the geneticists' deliberations.