Austrianova Release: Mouse Virus Causing Mammary Cancer Found To Infect Human Cells; Viennese Scientists Show Mouse Breast Cancer Virus Can Infect Human Cells
10/19/2005 5:09:06 PM
The international research team at the Viennese Christian-Doppler-Laboratory for Gene Therapeutic Vector Development (University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna) has shown for the first time world-wide that Mouse Mammary Tumor Virus (MMTV), which causes breast cancer in mice, can also infect human cells. The results, published in the August 1st edition of Cancer Research the renowned and world-wide most frequently cited cancer journal has important implications. But the fact that MMTV can infect human cells, does not automatically mean that it is also involved in the development of human breast cancer. "In order to confirm this causal connection scientifically, further research is still necessary", says British scientist Prof. Walter H. Günzburg, Ph.D., Head of the Christian-Doppler-Laboratory.
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