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Chapter 21 : Dr. Rous’s Prize-Winning Chicken

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One hundred years ago today, Peyton Rous published the first in a series of papers describing experiments that began with work on a sarcoma from a single Plymouth Rock hen. In that initial paper, Rous showed that bits of the tumor could establish new tumors when injected into healthy chickens. A year later, in 1911, Rous published what has become a classic in the annals of virology——reporting that the tumors were transmissible from one chicken to another by injection of a cell-free, filtered homogenate of the tumor tissue. The conclusion, since confirmed a thousand times over, was that a virus caused the tumors. The virus, now known as Rous sarcoma virus (RSV), went on to play a starring role in twentieth century biomedical research.

Citation: Johnson W. 2016. Dr. Rous’s Prize-Winning Chicken, p 87-89. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch21
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Citation: Johnson W. 2016. Dr. Rous’s Prize-Winning Chicken, p 87-89. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch21
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Welkin Johnson is Professor and Chair of Biology at Boston College.

Citation: Johnson W. 2016. Dr. Rous’s Prize-Winning Chicken, p 87-89. In Schaechter M, In the Company of Microbes: 10 Years of Small Things Considered. ASM Press, Washington, DC. doi: 10.1128/9781555819606.ch21
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