Viruses Can Make Cells Fuse

  • Measles and mumps viruses cause a type of cell fusion

    • Also seen in some types of cancer

    • Don't continue to divide; die and are reabsorbed by the body

  • 10% cancers at least partially caused by viruses

    • Human papillomavirus (HPV)

    • Hepatitis B and C

    • Epstein-Barr virus (mononucleosis, or "mono")

What are syncytia?

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Is there a link between viruses and cancer?

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