Medicine: Viruses & Cancer

Viruses, the smallest of "living" things (actually on the borderline between the animate and inanimate worlds), seek various kinds of higher cells to parasitize, according to their inscrutable, individual natures. What more logical, reasoned researchers, than to find a virus which would seek out cancer cells and thus, while procreating itself, destroy them?

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md. chose cancer of the cervix to study, picked some odd particles called adenoviruses* to attack the tumors. Last week the N.I.H.'s Dr.

Robert J. Huebner gave some preliminary, still tentative results.

Adenoviruses and Coxsackie viruses (which cause a disease like nonparalytic...

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