Tumers are being produced in animals and human tissues kept alive permanently outside body as medical minds of the Hebrew University on Mount Scopus probe the elusive problem of cancer.
With an anonymous contribution made in 1935, the university has established departments of Radiology and of Experimental Pathology, with modern apparatus, now housed in the Nathan Straus Health Center. They will be moved to the Hadassah-Rothschild-University Medical Centre as soon as it is completed.
Using a special X-ray apparatus which permits rays of varying wave-lengths to be produced in exceptionally powerful doses, research scientists produce tumors in animals. The Radiology Department, paradoxically enough, is also experimenting to find the possibilities of curing tumors with rays.
While the Radiology Department treats animals with cancer-producing substances, the Experimental Pathology Department studies the intricate processes of cell division.
Its experiments are based on a new method known as “tissue culture” whereby-cells and tissues from human beings and animals are kept alive permanently outside the body. Colonies of normal and malignant cells growing independently are subjected to detailed analysis.