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A virus discovered last year in a rare form of skin cancer has also been found in people with the second most common form of skin cancer among Americans, according to researchers at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute.
20th Anniversary of Al Copeland Day Honored with $150K Donation to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute NEW ORLEANS, June 30 /PRNewswire/ -- After losing a battle to Merkel Cell Carcinoma, an aggressive and deadly form of skin cancer, the memory of Al Copeland will be honored through a donation by the Al Copeland Foundation to the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) on the 20th-anniversary of the Al Copeland Day on June 28, 2009.
By Valle, Luis Del White, Martyn K; Khalili, Kamel Abstract The human polyomavirus JC (JCV) is a small DNA tumor virus and the etiologic agent of the progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy.
Polyomavirus is the sole genus of viruses within the family Polyomaviridae. Ludwik Gross discovered the first polyomavirus, Murine polyomavirus, in 1963. Many polyomaviruses infect birds and mammals and have been extensively studied as tumor viruses in humans and animals. Polyomaviruses are DNA-based, small, and icosahedral in shape. They can potentially cause tumors and often persist as latent infections in a host without causing disease. There are three major clades or...
Merkel cell polyomavirus (MCV or MCPyV), first discovered in January 2008, is one of seven human tumor viruses. It is suspected to cause most of Merkel cell carcinoma which is a rare, aggressive form of skin cancer. Around 80% of Merkel cell carcinoma tumors are found to be infected with MCV. It is found in respiratory secretions suggesting that it may be transmitted by a respiratory route. Usually the tumors with MCV viruses go through at least two mutations that render the virus...
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