Scientific Discovery and Scientific Reputation: The Reception of Peyton Rous’ Discovery of the Chicken Sarcoma Virus

@article{BecseiKilborn2010ScientificDA,
  title={Scientific Discovery and Scientific Reputation: The Reception 
of Peyton Rous’ Discovery of the Chicken Sarcoma Virus},
  author={Eva Becsei-Kilborn},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={43},
  pages={111-157}
}
This article concerns itself with the reception of Rous’ 1911 discovery of what later came to be known as the Rous Sarcoma Virus (RSV). Rous made his discovery at the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research which had been primarily established to conduct research into infectious diseases. Rous’ chance discovery of a chicken tumor led him to a series of conjectures about cancer causation and about whether cancer could have an extrinsic cause. Rous’ finding was received with some scepticism by… 

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