Medicine: The S.K.I. Affair

So far as he could make it intelligible to a layman, Francis told me about the fraud. A paper of Howard's, published in collaboration with his professor... had been attacked by American workers in the same field-and the attack had said that the experimental results could not be repeated.

This incident of scientific fakery, described in C.P. Snow's 1960 novel The Affair, was fiction. But the drama now unfolding at Manhattan's Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research is real. In 1970 Dr. William Summerlin, 35, reported that he had discovered a way that might make it possible to circumvent the immune-system reaction that...

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