Many thanks for your insightful letter. The only place where you are less than a seer is in the matter of the revision of
RNA Tumor Viruses. Yes, we are really at it again, spurred on by the prospect of a two-volume paperback edition with massive
supplements to existing chapters, plus a very lengthy appendix of maps and sequences. In fact, I just received Natalie's
(relatively brief) update to Chapter 2.
You have correctly sensed from my avoidance behavior that my heart is not in this job -- at least in the matter of putting
together the Intervirology piece you keep requesting. Taxonomy is not at the bottom of my list when I can see the substantive
issues more clearly; for example, I was deeply involved in working out the nomenclature for onc genes. But I have taken your
suggestions to heart, and I have written to Natalie Teich to see whether she would be willing to assume this position in my
stead -- or, at the least, take responsibility for preparing the Intervirology piece you seek.