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brought up if you've talked to everybody, but you can't persuade
them just then suddenly. You have to have something that
somebody will propose and that five or six people have already agreed
upon, to get anything accomplished. It's very formal.
How often does the board meet?
About four times a year.
I have one item here in the area of cancer and that is a newspaper
notice that Armand Hammer gives five million to help Columbia fight
And my question was, what is Columbia University doing in this
area? I do not know.
Well, I don't know that they're doing anything of any
importance except the work of [Dr.] Sol Spiegelman. I mean, I think
they're doing what -- they have not been on the frontiers of
immunotherapy or chemotherapy clinical research, but Sol Spiegelman
has a blood test for breast cancer, which he hopes to have usable
in the next six months, and if this is true it would be an immense
advance, if it's an accurate test. It works in animals and in men,
but he needs to test it in about ten thousand people, women.
You mean, it's an instant verification of the presence of cancer?
Very fast, yes. And it also tells the extent of the cancer
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