Medicine: Virginity & Cancer

Last week mice-breeding Biologist Clarence Cook Little of Bar Harbor, Me., published in the American Medical Association Journal facts about the inheritance of cancer which mice taught him. Fundamentally, they proved that the tendency to cancer is inherited, just as are brown eyes or curly hair. Cancer can be bred out of a family by marriages into noncancerous families.

Inheritance of cancer of the breast does not follow genetic rules. Men whose mothers or maternal grandmothers had this type of cancer rarely transmit the tendency to their daughters. To daughters of women who...

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