Medicine: Capsules, Dec. 19, 1955

¶ "New and fundamental evidence" about the formation of cancer cells has been discovered in the last two years, said a biennial report issued on the tenth anniversary of Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute, one of the nation's top cancer-research organizations. Outstanding discovery: definite proof of what had only been suspected—that cancer cells take up the body's basic chemicals at different rates from normal cells, suggesting the possibility of tailored chemical treatments for certain types of cancer. This principle, already put to work in leukemia with the use of 6-mercaptopurine, will be extended as fast as other effective chemicals can be developed.


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