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The Harold Varmus Papers

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Letter from Harold Varmus to Jon Beckwith, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School pdf (55,495 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harold Varmus to Jon Beckwith, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (55,495 Bytes)
Date:
1986-01-16 (January 16, 1986)
Creator:
Varmus, Harold
Recipient:
Beckwith, Jon
Harvard Medical School. Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Source:
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of the Regents of the University of California.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Exhibit Category:
AIDS and HIV: Science, Politics, and Controversy, 1981-1993
Relation:
Metadata Record Science and the Media [January 1986] pdf (104,805 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/MVBBKL.pdf
Metadata Record Letter from Jon Beckwith, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, Harvard Medical School to Harold Varmus (January 7, 1986) pdf (88,219 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/MVBBKK.pdf
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 1
Unique Identifier:
MVBBKM
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: UCSF Collections
SubSeries: Collection Number MSS 88-47
SubSubSeries: Correspondence, 1982-1987
Folder: Correspondence, 1986
Transcript:
January 16, 1986
Dear Jon:
Many thanks for your letter and invitation. Under different circumstances, I'd love to participate; not only have I followed the AIDS story closely - for pedagogical purposes, as an advisor to Chiron, and as a retrovirologist - but I've been involved politically as chairman of a committee to find a suitable name for the AIDS virus. So I have had more than one interaction with the press already.
However, there are two main problems: I will be in the midst of lecturing in our virology course, and I am committed to a trip East nine days later. And, of course, there is the matter of money. So I think I had better say no.
Your program looks excellent. (I was pleased to see a colleague of my wife's - David Ansley from the Mercury News - on the schedule.) I do have one suggestion: Colin Norman of Science whose account of the virus-related politics was exemplary. To add someone in science who has followed things closely you might try John Coffin, a retrovirologist at Tufts (an articulate member of our nomenclature committee, but not working on AIDS) or an academic clinician, like Ken MacIntosh.
Best wishes,
Harold E. Varmus, M.D.
American Cancer Society
Professor of Molecular Virology
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2012-03-12
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