I note I'm in good company enjoying the just-published Pasteur's Gambit (see review below http://feral.typepad.com/feral_thoughts/2008/09/pasteurs-gambit.html). Author Stephen Dando-Collins let me know that esteemed scientist Sir Gustav Nossal had relished the story "Frankly," Sir Gustav said, in part, "I had no idea that Pasteur had so much trouble raising the money for the Pasteur Institute. The generally held notion is that the crowned heads of Europe fell all over themselves to pay homage and grant funds - clearly far from the truth! And I only had the vaguest knowledge of the early origins of the Pasteur Institute in and of the potential contributions to the rabbit plague. So from every point of view I am much in your debt and will be sure to highlight your work in appropriate lectures and other talks." These were very much my feelings in reading Dando-Collins' wonderfully researched work.
Stephen Dando-Collins and I are planning to speak about rabbits, Pasteur, viruses, $10 million prizes and other things around NSW in about March next year.