Medicine: Continuing War

Cancer fighters long ago reconciled themselves to a long war of attrition. They do not hope to find a miracle cure, but they do expect their present slow progress to continue. In Atlantic City last week, at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research, one scientist cracked: "The progress of cancer research depends on how fast mice reproduce." (Usual breeding rate: one litter every 20 days or so.)

For the 180,000 U.S. men, women & children who will die this year from cancer, the 250 scientists at the meeting had no...

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