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New Raccoon Virus May Offer Clues to Human Cancer
Date:12/28/2012

vironmental toxins and genetics.

"This is just the beginning of a story. Wildlife live in our fields, our trash cans, our sewer lines -- and that's where we dump things," Pesavento said. "Humans need to be guardians of the wildlife-human interface, and raccoons are important sentinel animals. They really are exquisitely exposed to our waste. We may be contributing to their susceptibility in ways we haven't discovered."

Viruses and other infectious pathogens are linked to up to 20 percent of all human cancers worldwide, according to the American Cancer Society.

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The U.S. National Cancer Institute provides more information on cancer causes and risk factors.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: University of California, Davis, news release, December 2012


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