People, We Have A Problem

People, We Have A Problem

Dr. John Bittner discovered the virus that causes breast cancer in mice while working at Jackson Memorial Laboratory in 1936.  His colleagues were surprised, but they didn’t doubt his findings:  A virus, passed in the breast milk of infected mothers, caused...
The Season For Breast Cancer

The Season For Breast Cancer

Seasonal patterns in outbreaks of disease suggest that the cause is the result of an infection.  As an example, Burkitt’s lymphoma which caused by the Epstein Barr virus was originally thought to be caused by infectious agent because the incidence of this...
The Only Thing We Have Is What We Have To Give

The Only Thing We Have Is What We Have To Give

I just spent this Saturday with the members of the board of Morris Arts, a non-profit dedicated to building community through the arts.  It was a splendid day that began, not this morning, but five years ago when Jerry Vezza, the man who tunes my piano (and who...

The Pink Virus 101: A Passion For Mice

  The next lecture in this series about the breast cancer virus takes us back 100 years, to a spinster’s farm in rural Massachusetts.  Dr. John Bittner of the University of the University of Michigan discovered the breast cancer virus in 1936 while working at...