Medicine: Premature Indictment?

It is one of the mottoes of a scientist that if something seems too good to be true, there is a high probability that it is not true. Few scientists appreciate the aptness of this more than Dr. Albert Sabin, 68, developer of the live-virus polio vaccine. Eighteen months ago, Sabin declared triumphantly that he and a colleague had found convincing evidence that the ubiquitous herpes simplex viruses, which cause cold sores and genital infections, also cause human cancers. Since then, Sabin has been unable to reproduce the earlier laboratory findings. As a...

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