UF Health researchers identify novel genetic links between herpes virus and cancer

UFHealth| Thu Aug 03 16:17:37 EDT 2017
UF Health researchers identify novel genetic links between herpes virus and cancer

A dormant herpes virus uses its proteins and small RNAs to create genetic changes that can cause cancer in patients with AIDS and other immune deficiencies, a team of University of Florida Health researchers has found.

 The virus, known as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus, is the agent that that causes Kaposi’s sarcoma and blood cancers. Kaposi’s sarcoma, which causes lesions in the skin, lymph nodes and internal organs, affects about 20,000 people in the United States. It ....

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