Can selenium avert prostate cancer?
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Walter C. Willett
Harvard University School of Public Health
Department of Nutrition
665 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
From Science News, Vol. 154, No. 12, September 19,
1998, p. 188.
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