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Q:

Where did he derive this interest?

Lasker:

Well, he's always given money for a long time to cancer research. He gave money to the Salk Institute. He built a building for cancer research at Columbia University. Now he's interested in viruses and the possibility of a vaccine, and when he gets an idea it stays with him, and he can urge people to take some action.

Q:

He's got almost as much driving force as you have.

Lasker:

Oh, much more. He's got a lot more money of his own that he can make something happen with.

Q:

Yes, I know he's got a lot of money, and he also has Russian connections.

Lasker:

Yes, but they're not going to do anything just yet about it I don't think, unless we've already shown it's very successful.

Q:

Well, now, what is this President's Commission that he heads?

Lasker:

Well, that's part of the Cancer Act of '71. We had to have a President's Commission in order to get the act passed. We had to have somebody who could more or less oversee what was going on so that the President could get it through Congress, believe it or not, and this was put into legislation really by Rogers, Congressman Rogers of Florida. He's now in Washington, D.C. So that's



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