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The discovery of interferon was greeted initially with disbelief, which later changed to hope that at least a panacea for viral diseases had been found. Alas, like all other panaceas, interferon has been a failure in clinical medicine. Nevertheless, this substance remains a fascinating biological product, and investigations of its activity have led to important discoveries. It remains, therefore, in the forefront of biological research. Literature relating to interferon is voluminous, and any review of it is likely to arouse interest not only among the cognoscenti, but also among a more general readership. Yasuiti Nagano presents a somewhat obliquely entitled
Virus-Inhibiting Factor. An Antiviral, Antibacterial, and Antitumor Substance.. Ann Intern Med. 1976;84:374. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-84-3-374_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1976;84(3):374.
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