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Harvey Itano Papers
MSS 0226  
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Description
Papers of Harvey Itano, American biochemist and pioneer in the study of sickle cell anemia hematology. The collection documents Itano's research on sickle cell anemia disease and his work in the field of molecular medicine focusing on understanding of genetic and molecular basis of blood pathologies and hereditary diseases.
Background
Harvey Akio Itano was born on November 3, 1920, in Sacramento, California, the eldest son of Masao and Sumako (Nakahara) Itano. Itano attended University of California, Berkeley, and graduated in 1942 with highest honors in chemistry. Due to President Roosevelt's anti-Japanese campaign following Pearl Harbor, Itano with his family was sent to the desolate Tule Lake camp. While in the camp, Itano kept applying to medical schools throughout the country. With assistance from the National Japanese American Student Relocation Council, Itano was released from the camp to attend St. Louis School of Medicine. In 1945, Itano received his M.D. and continued Ph.D. studies at the California Institute of Technology in biochemistry where he studied and worked with Linus Pauling.
Extent
3.8 Linear feet (10 archive boxes)
Restrictions
Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.