New Molecular Tools Enable Researchers To Correlate Viruses, Diseases

Viruses, Diseases Author: Karen Young Kreeger Sidebar: Professional Resources for Viral Disease Researchers In the mid- to late 1980s, numerous correlations were discovered between viruses and various types of cancers. For example, Epstein-Barr virus was associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma and B-cell lymphoma, hepatitis B virus with liver cancer, and human papillomavirus with cervical cancer. Now, a decade later, basic and clinical scientists are finding out that viruses may also play a r

Karen Young Kreeger
Feb 4, 1996

Viruses, Diseases Author: Karen Young Kreeger
Sidebar: Professional Resources for Viral Disease Researchers

In the mid- to late 1980s, numerous correlations were discovered between viruses and various types of cancers. For example, Epstein-Barr virus was associated with nasopharyngeal carcinoma and B-cell lymphoma, hepatitis B virus with liver cancer, and human papillomavirus with cervical cancer. Now, a decade later, basic and clinical scientists are finding out that viruses may also play a role in an array of other diseases, like atherosclerosis and diabetes, as well as such mental disorders as schizophrenia.

"There are going to be more connections made between viruses and many types of diseases in the future because virologists are turning their attention more and more to diseases to which there is no known cause, like atherosclerosis," says Joseph Melnick, Distinguished Service Professor of virology at Baylor College of Medicine.

And, with the advent and now ubiquitous use...

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