LESS THAN TWO weeks before the American Association for Cancer Research was scheduled to hold its 2003 annual meeting in Toronto, the Premier of Ontario declared a provincial emergency due to the SARS epidemic. AACR had signed contracts with 21 hotels and the convention center and anticipated 16,000 attendees — nevertheless, on April 2, just three days before the conference was to start, the society made the difficult decision to cancel because of the risk of spreading SARS to its ...

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