About this book
This volume constitutes a comprehensive review of the different aspects of tumor virology 100 years after the discovery of the Rous-sarcoma virus. Its aim is to bring a greater focus on the contributions of viral agents to the development of cancer, and to create an up to date compendium of the general molecular biology of these viruses, their gene products, and targeted functions. The content of the book comprises general chapters which tie into the many aspects of cancer-related viruses and how they contribute to cell proliferation, the genes that are responsible for driving these cancers, and their mechanisms of transmission. The book also reviews the current knowledge on the molecular biology of large DNA viruses and describes the many different pathways through which they contribute to cell proliferation. Papilloma viruses and Adenoviruses, well known to be associated with invasive carcinomas, and hepatitis viruses, HTLV and retroviruses are also discussed. This volume is dedicated to Baruch Blumberg, an outstanding scientist and recipient of the Nobel Prize for the discovery of the hepatitis B virus, who was also the author of one of the chapters.