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Why Bury Story on a Medical Breakthrough?

January 05, 2003

Re "Israeli Team Grows Kidneys in Mice," Dec. 28:

As a physician, I was astounded to read that Israeli scientists were able to create a functioning anatomical kidney in a mouse. It's an invaluable breakthrough in alleviating suffering for countless of millions of people with kidney disease. This discovery undoubtedly will be hailed one day as one of the quantum leaps of medical progress and lead to a Nobel Prize.

What unfortunately didn't astound me is utter lack of judgment by The Times in burying this announcement in a small story on Page 18. I wonder which part of the story didn't rate, it's newsworthiness, or the country of origin of the discovery.

B. Ackerman, M.D.

Newport Beach

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