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February 5, 1982

Interferons: A Primer

JAMA. 1982;247(5):688. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320300084037

Interferon: The New Hope for Cancer,  by Mike Edelhart with Jean Lindenmann, 211 pp, with illus, $11.95, Reading, Mass, Addison-Wesley Publishing Co Inc, 1981.

The Interferon System,  by William E. Stewart II, ed 2; 493 pp, 23 illus, $46.70, New York, Springer-Verlag, 1981.Of late, a growing popular interest in science has resulted in the proliferation of television programs, magazines, and books on scientific subjects. It is therefore not surprising to find a number of new books on interferon, a subject that has received extensive press coverage over the past two years. The interferon field has experienced an information explosion generated by the application of genetic engineering techniques to the molecular cloning of interferon genes. This effort was instigated in large part by the hopes of several drug houses and burgeoning genetic engineering firms to develop a product that may have therapeutic value in cancer.While the jury is still