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The Joshua Lederberg Papers

Title:
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to John H. Birkner, Department of the Air Force pdf (87,009 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Joshua Lederberg to John H. Birkner, Department of the Air Force
Description:
Item is handwritten.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (87,009 Bytes)
Date Supplied:
1981
Creator:
Lederberg, Joshua
Recipient:
Birkner, John H.
United States Department of the Air Force
Rights:
This item is in the public domain. It may be used without permission.
Relation:
Lederberg Grouping: No Epoch
Box Number: 120
Folder Number: 28
Unique Identifier:
BBGMCS
Accession Number:
122
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: Public Service
SubSeries: Biological & Chemical Warfare Prevention
SubSubSeries: Lederberg Subject Files
Folder: China, 1980-1981
Transcript:
Dear Col. Birkner
Thank you for your note and draft.
I don't know where the "State Dept" report is. I was not very happy with it, and if it disappears in limbo, so much the better. It said nothing more about military applications than what you quoted, plus a disclaimer that that issue was better dealt with elsewhere.
My general position converges with yours. Yes, G/E adds something to the refinement of BW; but the big issue is testing for reliability. This is far easier done on crops than on people.
G/E will result in better vaccines, etc., and paradoxically this may be its military role, i.e., to assure immunity of the agressor's [sic] people!
We don't believe that G/E is crucial to BW. But a country that invests in BW will certainly go the next mile and use G/E for that refinement.
I am not too happy about spreading even good ideas for BW in unclassified media. Perhaps a similar motive has dampened others' public comments.
Are you at the Pentagon or Roslyn [sic]? Please send me your phone number and I'll try to look you up, perhaps in about a month during the DSB mtg.
Sincerely,
Joshua Lederberg
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