The hypothesis is certainly plausible. So plausible in fact that a five year national study into the causes of childhood leukaemia has just been completed and the results will soon be reported.
Sadly there is a massive difference between claiming that a virus can cause leukaemia and proving it. The Leukaemia Research Fund commits over pounds 2m annually to research in the hunt for such a virus.
We would dearly like to celebrate with you. Unfortunately the news is premature and requires more painstaking detective work before there is a real story to tell.
Dr DAVID GRANT
Leukaemia Research Fund
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