Medicine: Laying the Foundation

Immunology, the study of the complex mechanisms by which the body fends off disease and resists transplants, is probably the most promising branch of medical research today. Many experts feel that in this rapidly advancing field, doctors will discover the secrets of cancer control and more successful organ transplantation.

Last week Sweden's Royal Caroline Institute honored the two men whose work has made such hopes plausible. The 1972 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine went to Dr. Gerald Maurice Edelman, 43, a professor of biochemistry at New York's Rockefeller University, and Rodney Porter,...

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