David Baltimore

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date



Interview, Jackson Laboratory, History, Scientists, Transcript, Susan Mehrtens, Summer Student

JAX Location

The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine

JAX Source

The Jackson Laboratory Historical Archives


Susan Mehrtens' Note:

We met in Dr. Baltimore's office at the Whitehead Institute, and our meeting was short (less than 45 minutes) but direct and to the point: Baltimore credits The Jackson Laboratory for setting him on his course as a biologist, but beyond that, he sees Jax as a dated, low-key place. One speaking engagement at Jax that left him astonished to see an empty parking lot at 5PM made an indelible impression on him and he echoes the attitudes of others outside Jax--like Law and Sprott--that Jax is not a dynamic, hotshot institution on the cutting edge of science. Value this tape as the candid assessment of the Lab by an outstanding molecular geneticist whose views are representative of the outsider's view of the Lab.