Cancer Virus: The story of Epstein-Barr Virus

Hardcover | March 14, 2014

byDorothy H. Crawford, Alan Rickinson, Ingolfur Johannessen

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The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was discovered in 1964. At the time, the very idea of a virus underlying a cancer was revolutionary. Cancer is, after all, not catching. Even now, the idea of a virus causing cancer surprises many people. But Epstein-Barr, named after its discoverers, Sir AnthonyEpstein and Dr Yvonne Barr, is fascinating for other reasons too. Almost everyone carries it, yet it is only under certain circumstances that it produces disease. It has been associated with different, apparently unrelated, diseases in different populations: Burkitt's Lymphoma, producing tumours inthe jaw, in African children; a nasal tumour in China; glandular fever in Europe and the USA; and the majority of cases of Hodgkin's Disease everywhere. This book tells the story of the discovery of the virus, and the recognition of its connection with these various diseases - an account that spans the world and involves some remarkable characters and individual stories.

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The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) was discovered in 1964. At the time, the very idea of a virus underlying a cancer was revolutionary. Cancer is, after all, not catching. Even now, the idea of a virus causing cancer surprises many people. But Epstein-Barr, named after its discoverers, Sir AnthonyEpstein and Dr Yvonne Barr, is fascinating fo...

Dorothy H. Crawford has been Assistant Principal for Public Understanding of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh since 2007. Her previous books include The Invisible Enemy (OUP, 2000), Deadly Companions (OUP, 2007), and Viruses: A Very Short Introduction (OUP, 2011). She was elected a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Edinburgh a...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:March 14, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsPrefaceIntroduction1. Out of Africa2. The Eureka moment3. Convincing the Sceptics4. EBV in Africa - Burkitt lymphoma5. EBV in Asia - Nasopharyngeal carcinoma6. New Diseases - An accident of nature; an accident of medicine7. Unexpected Arrivals8. Prevention and Cure9. Making Sense of a Human Cancer VirusReferencesFurther ReadingGlossaryIndex