Peyton Rous

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Noun1.Peyton Rous - United States pathologist who discovered viruses that cause tumors (1879-1970)
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It took many decades before the seminal contributions of several virologists studying cancers were appreciated, such as Peyton Rous' 1911 discovery of the Rous sarcoma virus (which caused tumors in chickens), and discoveries of Richard Shope (rabbit fibroma) and John Bittner (mouse mammary carcinoma) in the 1930s.
Mentors at the Rockefeller Institute had warned Peyton Rous not to waste his career fooling with "the cancer question." Then he got the bright idea that tumors might be contagious.
An American physician, Francis Peyton Rous (1879-1970), had occasion to examine a chicken with a tumor.