Charlotte Friend

By: Samantha Owens


Charlotte Friend was born on March 11, 1921. She had attended Hunter college in New York earning an Bachelor's degree, Soon after joining the Navy. In 1956, after leaving the Navy she had started studying Microbiology at Yale University soon after getting a job in Dr. Alice Moore's laboratory researching the cancers of mice. In 1956 Dr. Friend had discovered a virus that caused leukemia- like disorder in newborn mice. After presenting this to the American Association of Cancer Research she was widely criticized for her findings. But within the next few years after they had realized that this new research was an actual virus and had published this new finding called the Friend Leukemia Virus. At the age of 60 she was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Although this was a big discovery in the world of cancer research she continued her research and contributions ending in her death in January of 1987.

Leukemia Virus


  • Fever or chills
  • fatigue, weakness
  • Frequent infections
  • Losing weight
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Enlarged liver or spleen
  • Easier to start bleeding or get bruising
  • Nosebleeds
  • Tiny red spots in your skin
  • Excessive sweating
  • Bone pain or tenderness


  • Slower growing leukemia just monitored for growth
  • Aggressive Leukemia treated by Chemotherapy

Works Cited

"Leukemia." Risk Factors. Mayo Clinic, n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

"Mount Sinai Archives." Mount Sinai. N.p., n.d. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.