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January 3, 1972

Medical News

JAMA. 1972;219(1):13-20. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03190270005002

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Three new reports support cancer virus theory  Suggestions that human cancer may be caused by a virus continue to accumulate, with three separate announcements in the past month adding to the weight of the evidence.Perhaps the lure of all that extra cancer-research money, now coming to the depressed scientific community, is one of the factors in the sudden flurry of activity. The elusive virus, if it exists, is still out there, unfound.Within the past year, however, a series of solid scientific developments seem to offer the tools for belling the virus, and the chase, for the moment at least, appears to be narrowing.The most recent reports started with two separate, but nearly simultaneous, announcements on both coasts. Investigators at both Georgetown University in Washington, DC, and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, reported finding type C virus particles in human rhabdomyosarcomas.Although the two viruses