Introduction: The first century of human tumour virology


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Chris Boshoff1
1University College London Cancer Institute


2011 marks the centenary of Peyton Rous’s pivotal experiments on an avian cancer virus. Since then, seven human viruses have been identified to cause nearly 15% of all human cancers. Viral oncology has been central to modern cancer research, providing major insights into both viral-driven and non-infectious cancer pathophysiology. This session will highlight some of the major lessons learnt from studying human oncogenic viruses, providing critical insight into the biology of cancer.