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December 22, 1956


JAMA. 1956;162(17):1583-1584. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970340073032

VIRUSES  New laboratory techniques have led to the identification of many previously unrecognized viruses. In fact, the problem today is no longer isolation and recognition of new viruses but to know whether they cause disease.A meeting that was held recently is characteristic of the present situation. Its title was "Conference on Viruses in Seach of Disease."1 Among the viruses recently discovered are a group found in the respiratory tract and conjunctivas of man, which has been referred to by various names: adenoid degenerative (AD), later called adenoidal-pharyngeal-conjunctival (APC) viruses; respiratory illness (RI) agents; acute respiratory disease ( ARD ) group. To avoid confusion, some of the investigators active in this field met in New York in May and decided to replace all these names by the term adenovirus.So far, more than 500 strains of adenoviruses have been isolated. They have been grouped together into serologic types; 13 of