sickness due to genetech ?

Berthe M. Willumsen bmw at
Sat Jun 19 06:22:47 EST 1993

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> 2. I'm not sure, but I always believed that SV40 is viable in humans, so if it
> carried an oncogene it could readily propagate and cause disease -  The
> principle of viral oncogenes is well known (let's face it, it's how genes
> such as src and ras were discovered). I think it is not unlikely that an
> oncogene cloned into SV40 would be tumour-inducing.
> Robin Walters.                      Robert Hill Institute, Sheffield UK.

Don't forget that SV40 was a contaminant virus in the polio vaccine we all
received in the 50'ties; its oncogenicity in humans must be one of the best
studied in the world. If it was anywhere near that of the experimental
lab-retroviruses like ras and src in their hosts, we would know.

Berthe Willumsen
Dept. Molecular and Cellular Biology
Univ. Copenhagen
bmw at

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