Moore's lawyers discovered that Dr. Golde and his associate Dr. Shirley Quan did indeed have an interest in Moore that went beyond health. Prior to the operation on Moore's spleen, Dr. Golde had noticed that Moore's diseased cells produced unusually large amounts of lymphokines.
Lymphokines are chemicals that are essential for the operation of the body's immune system. Researchers interested in investigating the immune processes of the body need lymphokines to conduct their research, but scientists had found it difficult to isolate and produce enough of these proteins for research purposes. However, as a result of his disease, Moore's spleen cells produced large amounts of lymphokines.