DNA tumour virus

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A DNA virus that will cause tumours in animals. One of the best known examples is SV40, one of the Polyomaviridae, but a range of viruses in the Papillomaviridae, Herpesviridae (a family that includes Epstein–Barr virus and Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (HHPV-8), Hepadnaviridae, and Adenoviridae will cause tumours, usually because the virus carries a gene that overrides normal cell cycle control mechanisms in one way or another.

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