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Newspapers report that cancer is caused by a virus

Tim Fitzmaurice tjf11 at cus.cam.ac.uk
Tue Feb 16 06:19:29 EST 1999

On 14 Feb 1999, ATeasd5941 wrote:
> February 14th * 1999 *
>  (Re: Polio Vaccines)
> Possible Cancer Link found between 1960's SV40  and todays tumours.
> There is a  that the ' possible' cancer causing virus came from monkeys!
> January 21st * 1911 *
> Newspapers report that cancer is caused by a virus. Dr Fransis
>  Peyon Rous of the Rockfeller Institute in New York successfully
>  transferred a cancerous growth from a chicken into healthy hens. 
> A chemical or microbe may be considered.
> So what's new 87 years later ?  Such is the advance of science.

Rous' work is proof of concept....it indicated that something
transmissible could trigger concer, and it didn;t go into a great deal of
detail, limited by the technology to hand.

The SV40 work as you yourself so elegantly point out in the brackets, is a
study to detewrmine whether a particular virus, in a prticular
circumstance (contaminated vaccines) was causing a problerm in people
now...a somewhat applied piece of knowledge, radically different in
detail, purpose and who it interests.

The complaint voiced above is a bit like saying that Helicobacter was not
advance because we already new bacteria caused disease early this

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