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Evidence for an endogenous papillomavirus-like element in the platypus genome

Papillomaviruses (PVs) infect a wide range of vertebrates and have diversified into multiple genetic types, some of which have serious consequences for human health. Although PVs have to date only been characterized as exogenous viral forms, here we report the observation of an endogenous viral element (EPVLoa) in the genome of the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus) that is related to papillomaviruses.

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FDA Information on Gardasil – Presence of DNA Fragments Expected, No Safety Risk

FDA Information on Gardasil – Presence of DNA Fragments Expected, No Safety Risk | Virology and Bioinformatics from |

"The FDA has recently received inquiries regarding the presence of human papillomavirus (HPV) DNA fragments in Gardasil and is aware that information related to this issue is on the internet."


There's probably DNA in everything...  I'm going to enjoy some in my dinner tonight -yum!


Picture courtesy of Russell Kightley Media

Via Ed Rybicki
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Virology - Papillomaviruses in the causation of human cancers — a brief historical account

Approximately 35 years ago a role of human papillomaviruses (HPV) in cervical cancer has been postulated. Today it is well established that this very heterogeneous virus family harbours important human carcinogens, causing not only the vast majority of cervical, but also a substantial proportion of other anogenital and head and neck cancers.


2009 review

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