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January 31, 1977

Medical News

JAMA. 1977;237(5):429-439. doi:10.1001/jama.1977.03270320007001

Thymus gland attains new stature in age of immunopharmacology  Once upon a time, the thymus gland was considered the seat of the soul. In modern times it has become known as the "master gland" of man's immune system. Some day, if certain dreams come true, the thymus' essence may restore health to the aged, help the immunologically crippled get through their early years, and assist cancer patients in coping with their therapy.All the latter roles are tentatively envisioned for thymosin, the collective name for the family of polypeptide hormones secreted by the thymus gland that have been objects of intense research interest in recent years.Thymosin was first isolated in 1965 by Allan L. Goldstein, PhD, and Abraham White, PhD. Dr Goldstein is now professor and chairman of the division of biochemistry, Department of Human Biological Chemistry and Genetics, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, while Dr White