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Letter from Jay A. Levy, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine to Harold Varmus pdf (43,337 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Jay A. Levy, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine to Harold Varmus
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1985-11-25 (November 25, 1985)
Levy, Jay A.
University of California, San Francisco. School of Medicine
Varmus, Harold
Original Repository: University of California, San Francisco. Archives and Special Collections. Harold E. Varmus Papers
Reproduced with permission of Jay A. Levy.
Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
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:
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 subcommittee correspondence, 1985-1986
November 25, 1985
Dear Harold:
I received your recent letter concerning the naming of the AIDS virus. I once again thank you for your efforts with this task; I certainly hope we can reach a decision in the very near future.
I personally would like to see the name carry only three letters and thus would favor "human immune deficiency virus" (HIV). However, not to make things more complicated, one should consider the recent evidence that the virus replicates in the brain and give rise to encephalopathies. In this case, it could be given the name, "human immune deficiency/encephalopathy virus" (HIEV). This type of name has already been used for the caprine arthitis/encephalopathy virus (CAEV).
In order that this suggestion be given a fair review, I would prefer you didn't cite it as my suggestion, but just send it as an idea for others to consider.
Please let me know if I can be of any further help to you in the resolution of this problem.
With kind regards,
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