I would like you to chair a subcommittee of the Retrovirus Study Group to consider the nomenclature of human retroviruses,
with particular emphasis upon the question of how the recent isolates from human T cell leukemias should be named. I would
ask Drs. Gallo, Hinuma, Oroszlan, Toyoshima, and Essex to assist you; the resulting report could be very short and would (in
my view) be intended principally to establish agreement and consistency among the few groups thus far working with these viruses.
I have enclosed copies of letters exchanged between Kumao Toyoshima and me and a list of addresses of Study Group members.
Once you have officially agreed to do this, I will inform other members of the subcommittee. I believe it is very important
to have someone knowledgeable about primate viruses and residing outside the US or Japan to head this committee, so I am very
eager that you do it.