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{March 22, 2010}   Merkel Cell Carinoma, Virus Link

There is a virus linked to Merkel Cell Carcinoma.  Published in January of 2008 we found out that there is an important distinquishing feature in the MCV integration of tumor cells called a monoclonal pattern that effects it becoming cancerous.  In 6 out of 8 MCV positive Merkel cells tumors, viral DNA was integrated into the tumor genome pattern.

Merkel Skin Cancer is aggressive, deadly and most typically effects the elderly and those with immunosuppression problems.

Merkel Cell Polyomavirus is also called MCV.

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