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The Harold Varmus Papers

Title:
Letter from Harold Varmus to John Garamendi, California State Senate pdf (58,073 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harold Varmus to John Garamendi, California State Senate
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (58,073 Bytes)
Date:
1987-07-08 (July 8, 1987)
Creator:
Varmus, Harold
Recipient:
Garamendi, John
California. Senate
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):
Radiation
Government Regulation
Exhibit Category:
Biographical Information
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 9
Unique Identifier:
MVBBKP
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, 1987
Transcript:
July 8, 1987
Dear Senator Garamendi:
Professor Peter Vogt of the University of Southern California has sent me copies of his correspondence with you concerning the misguided efforts by the State of California to enforce Title 17 of the Administrative Radiation Control Regulations.
Those of us engaged in modern medical research are aware of the risks and responsibilities of working with even the relatively small amounts of radioisotopes used in our studies, and we welcome assistance from state and local regulatory officers to maintain safety in our laboratories. However, the militant searches of our laboratories for what are often trivial infringements of the regulations and the levying of criminal indictments against the scientists involved can only have negative effects upon the practice of science in California. Trainees will be discouraged from entering a field where they are subjected to such harassment, and established scientists will seek employment in states more congenial to their enterprise.
I am grateful to you for the efforts you are making to restore sanity to the monitoring of radioisotope use in our laboratories.
Sincerely,
Harold E. Varmus, M.D.
American Cancer Society
Professor of Molecular Virology
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