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HPV Discoverer Wins Nobel Prize

Posted on Jan 26, 2009

According to The New York Times, a German virologist, Harald zur Hausen, will receive half the Nobel Prize award for his discovery of HPV, the human papilloma virus.  The Karolinska Institute in Stockholm selects the medical winners of the prize. This discovery led to development of a vaccine against cervical cancer.Dr. zur Hausen of the University of Heidelberg discovered the first HPV type 16, in 1983 from biopsies of women who had cervical cancer. A year later, Dr. zur Hausen cloned HPV 16 and another type, 18.
Of the more than 100 human papilloma viruses now known, about 40 infect the genital tract, and 15 of them put women at high risk for cervical cancer. Papilloma viruses account for more than 5 percent of all cancers worldwide.The other half of the Nobel Prize award will be shared  by two French virologists for discovering H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS.

More information about cervical cancer can be found at the website of the cervical cancer malpractice lawyers of Pennsylvania.

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