Novel human polyomaviruses—Re‐emergence of a well known virus family as possible human carcinogens

  title={Novel human polyomaviruses—Re‐emergence of a well known virus family as possible human carcinogens},
  author={H. Zur Hausen},
  journal={International Journal of Cancer},
  • H. Zur Hausen
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • International Journal of Cancer
  • Polyomaviruses belong to a family of DNA tumorviruses that frequently cause cancer upon inoculation into heterologous hosts. The rhesus monkey virus SV40 and mouse polyomavirus have been studied in particular detail. Two members of the polyomavirus family, BK and JC viruses, were identified as human pathogens more than 30 years ago. Both are oncogenic when inoculated into newborn rodents. Their possible role in human cancers has been intensively investigated; conclusive results are, however… CONTINUE READING
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