Herpes Virus Linked to Cancer

A new study has shown that multiple myeloma, the second most common cancer of the blood, may be triggered by the same virus that causes cancer in AIDS patients. Multiple myeloma strikes 13,000 people in the U.S. every year. The virus was first discovered in 1994 in the Kaposi's sarcoma lesions of AIDS patients, and thus was called Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpes virus or KSHV.

Science (1997;276:1851-1854)

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