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The Harold Varmus Papers

Title:
Letter from Ashley T. Haase, University of Minnesota Medical School to Harold Varmus pdf (40,497 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Ashley T. Haase, University of Minnesota Medical School to Harold Varmus
Number of Image Pages:
1 (40,497 Bytes)
Date:
1985-08-23 (August 23, 1985)
Creator:
Haase, Ashley T.
University of Minnesota Medical School
Recipient:
Varmus, Harold
Source:
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Rights:
Reproduced with permission of Ashley T. Haase.
Subject:
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
HIV
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Terminology as Topic
Exhibit Category:
AIDS and HIV: Science, Politics, and Controversy, 1981-1993
Box Number: 2
Folder Number: 15
Unique Identifier:
MVBBRZ
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:
August 23, 1985
Dear Harold:
As you will see from my response, I can accept most of the proposed names in the interests of reaching an agreement, but favor HTLVIII/LAV on the grounds of common usage and right of discovery. It seems to me that all of the proposals do some disservice to what is known about homologies, or overstate some aspect of the tropisms or clinical spectrum. I only suggested human lentivirus type 1 as a compromise that is neutral with respect to the latter issues, and likely correct with respect to classification.
I also would underscore your caveat on dealing with the media, having just been egregiously misquoted in my attempt to explicate the CELL article on the relationship of HTLVIII/LAV to visna. However, we do need some kind of public pronouncement soon, before we embarrass ourselves by the inordinate attention we appear to be devoting to agreeing on a name for the virus.
With best regards,
Sincerely,
Ashley T. Haase, M.D.
Professor and Head
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2010-07-12
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