Infectious causes of cancer and their detection
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Journal of Biology 2009, 8:67 doi:10.1186/jbiol168Published: 11 August 2009
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.