Medicine: Gains in Grafts

Skin grafts or organs transplanted from one human being to another will not "take" permanently unless donor and recipient are identical twins. Reason: any healthy mammal sets up antibody defenses against "foreign" protein. For treating burns and in plastic and reconstructive work, surgeons would be able to do much more for patients if they could break down this automatic defense system. Last week, from a Manhattan conference sponsored by the New York Academy of Sciences, came word of the most promising breakthrough yet on the antibody front.

The Sloan-Kettering Institute's Dr. Helene W. Toolan reported the first success with rats and rabbits....

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