Medicine: KR for Cancer

The news was premature, perhaps, but too good to keep. Though they pointedly avoided any claim that they had found a cure for cancer, two Russian doctors last week made a cautious progress report on a promising line of attack.

In 1937 Dr. Grigori Roskin of Moscow University casually picked up an article on South America's fatal Chagas' disease, a protozoan infection spread chiefly by an acorn-sized insect, the triatoma. In female Chagas victims there is a wasting away of breast tissues, which are composed of large, spongy cells. Could it be, Dr. Roskin wondered, that the devouring parasitic trypanosomes are especially...

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