Medicine: Doctors at Work

It was Medical Research Week at Atlantic City, N.J., last week as 13,000 biological scientists and physicians gathered to hear some 3,000 papers presented by three professional fellowships: the American Association for Cancer Research, the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, and the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs. Among the highlights:

¶ Dr. Ernest L. Wynder of Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute has discovered that a nonflammable part of a waxlike chemical in tobacco smoke acts to inhibit substances that can cause cancer. The anticancer agent (Wynder once thought that the entire substance...