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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Ann Landers pdf (124,522 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to Ann Landers
Description:
Item is handwritten. Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
2 (124,522 Bytes)
Date:
1989-03-23 (March 23, 1989)
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Landers, Ann
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: Correspondence F
Box Number: 44
Folder Number: 135
Unique Identifier:
BBGCEM
Accession Number:
78
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Correspondence, 1935-2002
SubSeries: 1985-1999
Folder: Landers, Ann
Transcript:
[stamped, Mrs. Eppie Lederer
209 East Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611]
Eppie Lederer
[stamped, MAR 23 1989]
Risks at Birth.
Those numbers seem very high; but it's a tricky question: or should I say, what is the question?
Probably every one of us is walking around with genetic factors that give us predisposition to some, resistance to other diseases. Half the population has an I.Q. below or equal to 100. I don't see what that has to do with surrogacy!
In terms of what is commonly understood as "birth defect" I would have put the risk in the range of 3-5 percent; but this does not include, e.g. the 10 percent of babies with low birth weight mostly preventable with better health care.
You ought to ask the March of Dimes for their "official" figures. see P.S.
All the above is for live births ("children born"). If you include stillbirths and earlier gestational losses, the figures are of course much higher! See enclosed.
Yours,
Joshua.
[END PAGE ONE]
[BEGIN PAGE TWO]
P.S. Some of their publications cited "malformations detectable at birth" up to 20 percent but I am sure this includes many conditions that are not disabling (and excludes the predispositions that give problems only in later life.)
[stamped, Mrs. Eppie Lederer
209 East Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60611]
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