Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Children’s virus linked to cancer

‘Ground-breaking Australian research has discovered a respiratory virus in children which may also have links to cancer.

After a five-year study, associate professors Theo Sloots and Michael Nissen of the Royal Children’s Hospital in Brisbane, have found the WU polyomavirus in 44 patients, including 38 from Brisbane and six from the US. [..]

“We know that up to 50 per cent of children who come into hospital with severe respiratory tract disease do not go home with the cause,” Prof Nissen said.

“So now we have another virus which is associated with severe respiratory viral tract disease.

“It is of great interest though that also this virus falls into a family of viruses that have been linked with cancers, so it’s an exciting field of new research into causes of cancer.”‘

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