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Infectious causes of cancer and their detection

Lucy Dalton-Griffin1 and Paul Kellam12*

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Infection, University College London, Cleveland Street, London W1T 4JF, UK

2 The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, The Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge CB10 1SA, UK

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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:67  doi:10.1186/jbiol168

Published: 11 August 2009

Abstract

Molecular techniques for identifying pathogens associated with cancer continue to be developed, including one reported recently in BMC Medical Genomics. Identifying a causal infectious agent helps in understanding the biology of these cancers and can lead ultimately to the development of antimicrobial drugs and vaccines for their treatment and prevention.