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May 25, 1963


JAMA. 1963;184(8):15-17. doi:10.1001/jama.1963.03700210001001

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Medical Research Highlights Reported by Government.  —Officials of the National Institutes of Health recently went before Congress to outline their budget requests and review research progress during the past year. Following is a brief summary of some of the research highlights:

Cancer.  —The scientific evidence accumulated over a number of years, and particularly in the last half-dozen years, has demonstrated that viruses cause many forms of cancer in animals under experimental conditions.This year, Dr. Frank J. Rauscher reported the isolation of a virus that causes a complex of nonleukemic disease reactions in mice in only seven days and leukemia in 30 days. Electron microscope studies of the Moloney virus by Dr. Albert J. Dalton and others have demonstrated an important resemblance in shape to certain bacterial viruses whose method of attack is well known.The large volume of such evidence, coming from a wide variety of scientific disciplines, is

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