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Human virus transfers oncogenic molecules horizontally

This is a paper that speaks of horizontal gene transfer in cancer, something that is against the widely recognized model of cancer development of a vertically evolved system that gives rise to tumors. Albeit, this system involves an in vitro model of a EBV induced cancer, viruses have historically been central to the understanding of many key aspects of carcinogenesis. If this can be shown in other types of cancer, then the evolutionary models of cancers, ie our understanding of there development, will need to accommodate horizontal gene transfer where cells that have not had genomic mutations are now candidates for carcinogenic development.
 
 

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