Does a new polyomavirus contribute to Merkel cell carcinoma?

Genome Biol. 2008;9(6):228. doi: 10.1186/gb-2008-9-6-228. Epub 2008 Jun 17.


A new technique designed to hunt for non-human transcripts has identified a novel SV40-like virus present in the majority of Merkel cell carcinomas. Here we examine what it will take to determine whether or not this virus contributes to carcinogenesis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Carcinoma, Merkel Cell / virology*
  • Humans
  • Polyomavirus / classification*
  • Polyomavirus / isolation & purification*