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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to James V. Neel pdf (63,039 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to James V. Neel
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (63,039 Bytes)
Date:
1962-04-26 (April 26, 1962)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Neel, James V.
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence D
Box Number: 23
Folder Number: 30
Unique Identifier:
BBALAX
Accession Number:
18
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1961-1978
Folder: Neel, James V.
Transcript:
Dear Jim -
I was at Hiroshima, for the first time, just a couple of days ago and of course visited the ABCC. Frankly I was disappointed at the level of existing work and plans for the future in human genetics, though perhaps I did not see enough, and you or Matsunaya may set me right. I don't have in mind the radiation effects themselves, so much as the investments in a large scale health census, and this is not being well planned for genetic analysis. E.G., there are no kindred data on the 100,000 life span samples; when I brought this up, "yes, it is rather embarassing when our social worker calls twice in a month on the same family." And the follow up on the congenital anomalies, e.g. mayohim[?] is appalling.
This last point, especially ought to be rectified. Your 1956 report pointed out how fishy the apparent numbers were, and this really ought to be rectified. There is an important issue whether radiation of the ovcyte[?] predisposes to non-disjunction, and during the next several years women whose ova were just forming in 1945 will be having their first children. So some plans should be made for much more careful cytogenic work than is now suggested.
Any thoughts?
Joshua
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