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November 27, 1967


JAMA. 1967;202(9):29-42. doi:10.1001/jama.1967.03130220011003

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Leukemia-Virus Answer On Horizon  The answer to a major question in human leukemia may be just over the horizon, suggests the Leukemia Society of America's vice president for medical and scientific affairs."It's conceivable that before long, perhaps within the next five years, we might know definitely whether a virus is incriminated in human leukemia," says William Dameshek, MD.Interviewed during the Leukemia Society's research conference in Chicago, he commented that:"If it is found that viruses are important factors in leukemia, perhaps something could be done about prophylaxis by use of vaccine therapy. This alone warrants expenditure of very large research grants...."Dr. Dameshek, who is professor of medicine and attending hematologist at New York's Mount Sinai Hospital and School of Medicine, bases his optimism about an early answer to the leukemia-virus question on techniques being developed by investigators like the Society's young "scholars" (five-year grantees) who reported