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The Harold Varmus Papers

Letter from Harold Varmus to James D. Watson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory pdf (85,180 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harold Varmus to James D. Watson, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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1983-07-20 (July 20, 1983)
Varmus, Harold
Watson, James D.
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Reproduced with permission of the Regents of the University of California.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Exhibit Category:
Retroviruses and the Genetic Origins of Cancer, 1970-1993
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 8
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: UCSF Collections
SubSeries: Collection Number MSS 84-25
SubSubSeries: Correspondence, 1971-1984
Folder: Correspondence, 1983
July 20, 1983
Dear Jim:
I am afraid I overestimated my capacity to fulfill conflicting obligations when I recently agreed to come to the meeting you are arranging on The Cancer Cell. I have long-standing plans that keep me in Europe for the two weeks prior to September 10th, and I must lecture (twice) to the medical students here on September 15th. Moreover, while I am away, Connie must get both of our boys started in new schools. All things considered, it seems likely to be awfully wearing on me and my family to stay away the extra four days necessary to make a useful contribution to your meeting and attend the festivities for Mary Lasker. Needless to say, the meeting promises to be excellent, and I am not oblivious to my indebtedness to Mary Lasker. But, I need to respond to other factors as well and will have to send my regrets on this occasion.
Having initially supposed I could manage it all, I submitted an abstract describing our recent work with avian bursal lymphomas and mouse mammary tumors. I would like to propose that Roel Nusse, my collaborator in the work with mammary tumors, be asked to speak in my place. (He now runs an independent laboratory in Amsterdam, and is, I know, able and willing to come to the meeting; he is also very effective on the podium and will help prepare a manuscript). If you do not wish to accept a substitute, I hope it is not too late to remove my abstract.
As you may know, we are moving forward on the revised paperback edition of RNA Tumor Viruses. The Appendix has been dramatically expanded, thanks, mainly to the contribution made by Chuck Van Beveren at the Salk. (He might, incidentally, be someone you'd want to consider for a five-year position at Cold Spring Harbor). I am hoping the supplementary text can all be sent to the printers this fall--and am very pleased that we can reissue the book in the two volume format.
I have recently talked again with Jesse Summers about the possibility you and I had discussed of having a brief meeting on hepatitis B-type viruses to precede the RNA Tumor Virus meeting. He will be calling you soon about this. I have also learned from our grant officer at NIAID (Dr. Frank Tyeryar, 301-496-7051) that there is a reasonable possibility of financial support from them for such a meeting.
Again, I feel badly about The Cancer Cell and the dinner, but I trust you will understand my dilemma.
With Best Wishes,
Harold E. Varmus, M.D.
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