Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Victor Almon McKusick Collection
Reproduced with permission of Renato Dulbecco.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Medical Genetics, Molecular Biology, and the Human Genome Project, 1980-2008
Basel, September 30, 1988
Following the Geneva meeting I had occasion to talk at length with Mr. Antonio Ruberti, the minister for the coordination
of research and technology of the Italian government, about the HUGO organization, and how he would see an Italian participation,
and also an international organization for financial support in general. He expressed great interest in the goals of the
organization, especially the intention of establishing some laboratories in selected countries. He sees with great favor
a European genome laboratory. Concerning the type of international organization that could support the organization, he was
very skeptical about the possibility of having a treaty similar to that of EMBO: things are difficult enough on a European
scale, they get terribly complex on a world scale. For instance, I infer, many countries would be very suspicious of a Japanese
participation and of its possible goals.
Mr. Ruberti thinks that the only way to set the organization is on a voluntary base, in such a way that the interested countries
can participate in its support, but with a limited commitment. There is one international organization that is supported
on this basis, and it is the International Institute for Applied Analysis (IASA), located in Vienna. He suggested that it
may be taken as a model, and provided me with a copy of its charter, which I enclose.
I think that we must consider seriously what Mr. Ruberti thinks, because he is the representative of one of the governments
who might participate in the support of HUGO, and is the person who would actually decide on the Italian position.
I will be here in Basel until the beginning of November; if you wish to contact me you should do it here.