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We appreciate the comments of Dr Murray and Dr Young regarding our recent paper on the microcystic, elongated, and fragmented (MELF) pattern of invasion in endometrial carcinoma.1 As they point out, the 1994 paper by Lee et al2 includes a photograph that can reasonably be interpreted as showing what we now refer to as MELF. However, we stand in total agreement that the term “MELF” was itself coined later,3 at which point the significance of the finding became a focal point for multiple studies, including ours. We both value and enjoy the historical perspective provided by Dr Murray and Dr Young, in particular when it comes to the role played by Dr Scully. Many of us can only aspire to a fraction of what Dr Scully completed in his career, and pathology literature is better for these vivid accounts of his contributions to our field.
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