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Oncogenic Viruses

  1. Dennis John McCance

Published Online: 15 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470015902.a0000421.pub2



How to Cite

McCance, D. J. 2009. Oncogenic Viruses. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 SEP 2009


Infectious agents account for appropriately 25% of cancers worldwide and viruses in particular have been useful in elucidating many of the cellular pathways that can be deregulated in cancer. Therefore, the more that is known about how viral proteins disrupt the normal cell the more we will learn about important regulatory pathways that when altered or abrogated, lead to a transformed cell.


  • DNA;
  • RNA;
  • transformation;
  • immortalization;
  • tumours