Cancer: From Fowl to Woman?

When the American Cancer Society gathered a number of the nation's big-name researchers in Palm Beach Shores last week, the most provocative report came from a hitherto-unknown scientist who is not even a specialist in human cancer. Dr. Olive Stull Davis has cancer, and if her theory is right about how she developed the disease, her own case may provide valuable insight into how some cancers are caused.

Professor Davis teaches veterinary anatomy at Indiana's Purdue University. She began working about 20 years ago with a virus that causes what farmers call "big-liver disease" in chickens. Ten years ago, Dr....

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