Afterlife, Memory, and Failure in Biomedical Research
The conclusion argues that the links that new understandings of cancer viruses helped draw between virology and molecular biology were essential to the growth of molecular medicine. While the Virus Cancer Program did not produce a vaccine against cancer, the community of retrovirus researchers that it trained played a vital role in responding to AIDS. Meanwhile, as the effort to find a cancer vaccine in the United States was abandoned, links between hepatitis B virus infection and liver cancer and later between Human Papilloma Virus and various cancers, suggested that national borders still shape how we understand the cancer problem in global health. Finally, the War on Cancer shaped the politics of the Human Genome project and the biotechnology industry.
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