Letter from Victor A. McKusick to Andrei D. Mirzabekov
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1989-07-07 (July 7, 1989)
McKusick, Victor A.
Human Genome Organisation
Mirzabekov, Andrei D.
Institute of Molecular Biology of the Academy of Science
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of Anne B. McKusick.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Human Genome Project
Medical Genetics, Molecular Biology, and the Human Genome Project, 1980-2008
July 7, 1989
Dear Dr. Mirzabekov:
On behalf of HUGO, I wish to express my gratitude to you and your colleagues for your hospitality during the meeting in the
Institute of Molecular Biology jointly with UNESCO on June 26 and 27 and separately with the HUGO members and members of your
group on the proceeding days. I feel that much was accompished [sic] in defining the complementary roles of HUGO and UNESCO.
Furthermore, all of us actively involved in the Human Genome Project were given an opportunity to acquaint ourselves with
the program planned for the USSR. Finally, and most importantly, we had an opportunity to evaluate how HUGO can assist in
coordinating the programs of the rest of the world with those of the USSR.
As you know from your familiarity with objectives of HUGO, international fellowships and traineeships, both short term and
long term, and collaborative research projects fostered through HUGO are seen as very important. HUGO should also attempt
to arrange mechanisms for the exchange of biomaterials and technologies for the conduct of the research. The coordination
of data are seen as a role of great importance for HUGO. The progress of the project will be hastened if there is not duplication
of effort. The standards of channels of publication will not be adequate for this task. Electronic linkages through computer
systems will be necessary. HUGO is seen as having a major role in the networking of data bases. In the implementation of
all the objectives of HUGO, world-wide, the executive committee has considered it important to establish regional offices.
Offices in London, Bethesda, and Osaka are in the process of being set up. As was proposed in the meeting of HUGO on June
25, the establishment of a regional office in Moscow should be given consideration for implementation at an early date.
At present, and in the next few months, we will be heavily involved in fund raising for these responsibilities of HUGO, as
well as in the establishment of the three offices mentioned. I am personally attracted to the idea of a Moscow office and
will recommend it to the Executive Committee of HUGO.
In conclusion, may I repeat my thanks to you for arranging a useful meeting for us in Moscow and a useful visit to the institute
in Kiev. I also would like to repeat my commitment to developing the collaborative links between the Human Genome Project
in the rest of the world and your own in the USSR, through the agency of HUGO.