Sackler Researchers Shed Light on XMRV Origins


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Sackler faculty member John Coffin and his Genetics Program graduate student Oya Cingöz have worked with a team from the National Cancer Institute in Frederick Maryland to uncover the origin of the XMRV retrovirus. The virus, which has been associated with human prostate cancer and chronic fatigue syndrome, is a mouse recombinant and contaminant in many laboratories working with these human samples. The results, published today in Science will help to settle a long standing debate about the role of the virus in human disease. 

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