The role of specific viral genes in the induction of malignant tumors is well established in viral infections by papovaviruses and adenoviruses (e.g. review by zur Hausen 1980). In these infections viral DNA may integrate into the host cell genome, and continuous expression of a viral function is a prerequisite for the maintenance of the transformed state.


Human Papilloma Virus Human Papilloma Virus Type Host Cell Genome Hamster Embryo Cell Specific Viral Gene 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. zur Hausen
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  1. 1.Deutsches KrebsforschungszentrumHeidelbergGermany

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