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Epstein–Barr Virus and Cancer

  1. Martin Rowe1,
  2. AB Rickinson2

Published Online: 19 APR 2001

DOI: 10.1038/npg.els.0002231



How to Cite

Rowe, M. and Rickinson, A. 2001. Epstein–Barr Virus and Cancer. eLS. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Wales College of Medicine, Cardiff, UK

  2. 2

    University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 APR 2001


Epstein–Barr virus is widespread in all human populations, and is usually carried as an asymptomatic persistent infection. In a small minority of infected individuals the virus is associated with the pathogenesis of certain types of lymphoid and nonlymphoid cancers, including Burkitt lymphoma, posttransplant lymphomas, Hodgkin disease and nasopharyngeal carcinoma.


  • herpesvirus;
  • lymphoma;
  • carcinoma;
  • hodgkin disease;
  • transformation