Memorandum from Daniel Nathans to Thomas B. Turner
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1981-03-04 (March 4, 1981)
Turner, Thomas B.
Johns Hopkins University. School of Medicine
Original Repository: Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives. Daniel Nathans Collection
Reproduced with permission of Joanne Nathans.
New Directions: Growth Signals and Cellular Responses, 1980-1999
Letter from Thomas B. Turner to Daniel Nathans (March 10, 1981)
March 4, 1981
I want to let you know that our departmental faculty has proposed a change in the name of our department to "Molecular
Biology and Genetics". Over the past decade our major strength has been in molecular and microbial genetics, and with
the move to the Pre-clinical Teaching Building next year, we will be adding new staff interested in the molecular genetics
of higher animals. These changes reflect the remarkable development of new genetic tools and the increasing importance of
genetics to all of biology and medicine.
We discussed for some time whether to retain "Microbiology" in our department's name. The reason for not doing
so is that for the future we want to emphasize the genetics of higher organisms even though we will retain an interest in
microbes. The department will continue to teach basic microbiology, but we are discussing the possibility of establishing
an administratively distinct unit in immunology. In the long run it may be desirable to re-establish a Department of Microbiology
or Immunology and Microbiology.