Medicine: More or Less Ferment

Up to now, doctors have not been able to tell, except by waiting for years, whether treatments for cancer were successful. But young (34) Dr. Philip M. West, senior research associate at the medical school of the University of California at Los Angeles, thinks he has found a way to show quickly whether the patient or the cancer is getting the upper hand.

Working with Technician Jessamine Hilliard, West noted that the milk-curdling property of blood varies with the patient's health. He attributed this to the relative strength of two enzyme inhibitors. These two inhibitors are mysterious, complex substances, not yet isolated...

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