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the drugs that we already know had been tried. The chances
of the present drugs being totally successful indefinitely
is not, you know, really very well documented. I was very
anxious to try to promote development of new possible
drugs, and had been interested for a long time in a naturally
occurring product in our bodies, which is called interferon.
It's really the factor in our bodies that protects us from
viral diseases. And perhaps from cancer. Now, we don't
know what it does about cancer, but we largely don't know
about what it does in other viruses than hepatitis and shingles,
because the making of it has been so expensive.
It has to be made, until it's synthesized and made
by large manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, it has to be
made by separating the buffy coats of white cells from
whole blood, and the only place it is doing this on any
scale is Dr. Cantell at the Red Cross in Helsinki, in Finland.
How do they happen to be doing it?
Well, they've got one man there who is dedicated
to doing something about this. There's a vast literature
on this in animals. The material is species specific. For
instance, mouse interferon won't help rats, or rat interferon
won't help dogs or cats. I mean, each species makes its
own interferon, but if you make interferon from their buffy
coats of their white cells, you can prevent the onset of various
kinds of diseases, including many forms of cancer. Animal
cancer. And of course, this is tremendously provocative.
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