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Epstein-Barr Virus and Hepatitis B Virus

Epstein-Barr Virus

While the early discoveries of Ellerman and Bang and Rous might have predicted that retroviruses would be found associated with human cancers, in fact it was a herpesvirus that was the first viral agent implicated in a human cancer.  509 more words

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Papillomaviruses and human cancer

Human warts in all their forms – cutaneous, verrucous and genital growths and lesions – have been known since antiquity, and it was known since… 1,204 more words

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The Discovery of Filoviruses

The discovery of filoviruses: Marburg and Ebola

Marburg virus

In 1967, the world was introduced to a new virus: thirty-one people in Marburg and Frankfurt in Germany, and Belgrade in the then Yugoslavia, became infected in a linked outbreak with a novel haemorrhagic fever agent. 1,354 more words

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A Short History of the Discovery of Viruses

Now much updated, streamlined, added to and otherwise tarted up!  This is the Web version of an iBook, which you can ask me for.

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Happy centenary, phages!

Here am I, writing a not-so-brief history of the the discovery of viruses, and I miss The Centenary of the Phage!  How did THAT happen?! 423 more words

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A Short History of the Discovery of Viruses - Part 4

RNA Genomes and Modern Virology

RNA as genetic material

While it had been known since Bawden and Pirie’s work in 1937 that TMV particles contained RNA, followed later by a number of other viruses, it must be remembered that DNA had only really been accepted as the genetic material of cells and viruses after the Hershey-Chase experiment in 1952 and the Watson-Crick… 5,129 more words

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A Short History of the Discovery of Viruses - Part 3

Phages, Cell Culture and Polio

The Phage Group and the birth of molecular biology

Some of the more fundamental discoveries in modern biology were facilitated either by the study of viruses, or by use of viruses as tools for exploring host cell mechanisms.  3,006 more words

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