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July 28, 1956


JAMA. 1956;161(13):1276. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970130064024

THE ISOTOPE FARM  It is a pleasure to have been invited to participate in this occasion—the dedication of the radioisotope farm at the Medical College of Virginia. This marks a new step forward in medicine in Virginia. and the results of your researches in the coming years will be eagerly anticipated by the medical profession and life scientists both in this country and abroad.Medicine today stands at the threshold of a major advance— not only along the lines of practical applications in diagnosis and therapy, but also in its basic approaches to unanswered, fundamental research problems. In the language of the physicists, the field of medicine is just about ready for a "quantum jump," and it is my feeling that this will come about through the increased use of isotopically labeled drugs and medicinals.Isotope farming is the culture of biochemicals by raising plants and animals in an isotopically

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