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The Harold Varmus Papers

Letter from Robin A. Weiss, Institute of Cancer Research to Harold Varmus pdf (56,724 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Robin A. Weiss, Institute of Cancer Research to Harold Varmus
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1982-08-18 (August 18, 1982)
Weiss, Robin A.
Institute of Cancer Research
Varmus, Harold
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Reproduced with permission of Robin A. Weiss.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
Terminology as Topic
Exhibit Category:
Retroviruses and the Genetic Origins of Cancer, 1970-1993
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 13
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: UCSF Collections
SubSeries: Collection Number MSS 88-47
SubSubSeries: Human Retrovirus Study Group, 1981-1987
Folder: Human retrovirus study group correspondence, 1981-1987
18 August 1982
Dear Harold,
Thank you for sending me a copy of your letter to Natalie dated July 20th. I am also glad that Brad Ozanne will expand on tumour growth factors, though we will have to push him to obtain the copy in time. Chapter 11 will need quite some revision and I am planning to ask Chris Marshall to help me update the review of human transforming genes. The appendices will indeed be the biggest job. I think they are already immensely useful and well worth the effort of bringing them as up to date as possible.
Concerning Kumao Toyoshima's proposal about the naming of human C-type retroviruses, I am inclined to leave the present virus as HTLV. I think it is quite clear that, while the Japanese recognized the disease entity first, Gallo's laboratory isolated and named the virus. Unless Gallo agreed to change to ATLV, I think we should leave things as they stand. Even Miyoshi (though not Hinuma) now accepts HTLV. If other human C-type viruses are isolated, we might consider HLV as a general term. Strictly speaking, I suppose REV ought to be a sub-category of ALV, but I am not proposing that we change the nomenclature of avian viruses!
I have not seen any reviews of the book yet but I hope it is being well received by the scientific community.
With best regards,
Sincerely yours,
p.p. R. A. Weiss
(Dictated by Dr. Weiss but signed in his absence)
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