Towards a new test

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 21 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:197
  1. Bernard Dixon

    An answer to a longstanding problem in cancer research may be at hand. Methylating agents are widespread in the environment. Nitrosamines, for example, occur in cigarette smoke and in some foods. And abundant evidence from animal studies indicates that these and other methylating agents can be carcinogenic. Yet their significance as causes of human cancer remains unclear.

    Now, thanks to a fellowship provided by the European Environmental Research Organisation, which allowed Italian scientist Franca Bianchini to spend some time working at the International Agency for Research on Cancer in Lyons, France, matters may soon become much clearer. Describing her …

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