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The Harold Varmus Papers

Title:
Letter from Harold Varmus to Max Essex, Harvard School of Public Health pdf (46,816 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Harold Varmus to Max Essex, Harvard School of Public Health
Description:
Item is a photocopy.
Number of Image Pages:
1 (46,816 Bytes)
Date:
1985-04-08 (April 8, 1985)
Creator:
Varmus, Harold
Recipient:
Essex, Max
Harvard School of Public Health
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):
Retroviridae
Terminology as Topic
Exhibit Category:
AIDS and HIV: Science, Politics, and Controversy, 1981-1993
Relation:
Metadata Record Letter from Max Essex, Harvard School of Public Health to Harold Varmus (March 18, 1985) pdf (93,423 Bytes) transcript of pdf
/ps/access/MVBBPJ.pdf
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 15
Unique Identifier:
MVBBPN
Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Language:
English
Format:
application/pdf
image/tif
Physical Condition:
Good
Series: UCSF Collections
SubSeries: Collection Number MSS 88-47
SubSubSeries: Human Retrovirus Study Group, 1981-1987
Folder: Human retrovirus subcommittee correspondence, 1985-1986
Transcript:
8/April/85
Dear Max:
Thanks for your letter and preprints. At the moment, it seems likely I will be here on June 3. Perhaps you could call when the time is nearer.
I would certainly be receptive to a proposal for names for the other primate viruses you have mentioned. I don't see why our subcommittee couldn't vote on that as well. You might want to consider delaying an assignment of a name to the Macaque AIDS virus. I find MTLV-III strange for several reasons, not the least of which is the absence of I and II. Why not just call it "Macaque AIDS Virus" for the moment?
As for the Haseltine proposal, I would suggest that you solicit it for our deliberation if you think it is worthwhile. I'd have to say that a priori the idea of using a mechanistic device as a basis of nomenclature is less than appealing. Just consider what the extensions of that policy would do!
Best regards,
Harold E. Varmus, M.D.
American Cancer Society
Professor of Molecular Virology
Metadata Last Modified Date:
2010-07-07
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