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    The is new hope for sufferers of leukaemia - a cancer of the blood which up to now has been incurable - according to a doctor in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

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    GV Children playing on roundabouts and swings (5 shots)

    SV Dr Wheelock and assistant injecting mice in laboratory (5 shots)

    CU Doctor speaking.

    CU and MV mice in cages (2 shots)

    TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 3): Dr Wheelock: "On our research we have attempted to develop a model using animals is which we can increase the immune response of those animals to the infection and completely suppress the infection. We deal with mice that have advanced leukaemia - we inoculate a drug which stimulates anti-body production to the leukaemic cells and in this way we can convert a lethal infection into one which is completely suppressed."

    Interviewer: "How long is the disease suppressed in the mice?"

    Dr Wheelock: "Mice that are inoculated with the leukaemia virus, which is what we use, usually die within sixty days. When we treat mice that have advanced disease and suppress the infection these mice will survive most of their life - which is up to a year and half, showing no signs of the disease at all."

    Interviewer: "Dr Wheelock, are you ever reluctant to publicise your research for fear of maybe raising false hopes?"

    Dr Wheelock: "Yes, there is always a danger of raising false hopes in any king of leukaemia research. It is quite clear that research done in this laboratory on mice will be of no immediate benefit to patients who now have the disease."

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    Background: The is new hope for sufferers of leukaemia - a cancer of the blood which up to now has been incurable - according to a doctor in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.

    The doctor, who has been injecting mice with a penicillin derivative, said the treatment speeds up a body's own resistance and suppresses the leukaemia cells. The treatment has not yet been tried on human sufferers, but there is reason to believe the cure could also work on them. Research continues.

    SYNOPSIS: Leukaemia, a cancer of the blood which up to now has proved incurable, kills some twenty-five thousand children annually in the United States of America alone. The diseased blood cells multiply and take over the whole blood stream, eventually killing the patient.

    But new hope for leukaemia sufferers has been raised by Dr Frederick Wheelock of Cleveland, Ohio, in the United States. Dr Wheelock has been injecting leukaemic mice with a penicillin derivative, a drug called statolon, and suppressing the disease. The drug, which has NOT yet been tried on human patients, speeds up a body's own resistance to leukaemia. Dr Wheelock spoke about his research last week....(April 15)
    Meanwhile, Dr Wheelock continues his research in the hopes that one day human sufferers may be able to develop the same immunity to leukaemia that his mice have. This killer disease may yet be beaten....

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