Catching cancer: The riveting quest for a killer virus
FEW words have the power to induce terror: cancer is one, virus another. Imagine, then, the awful potency of something that merges the two.
The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is a curiosity, as well as a killer. Around 95 per cent of us are infected with it, but it rarely has symptoms. When it does, the virus manifests in many guises. The childhood cancer of the blood Burkitt’s lymphoma, glandular fever (infectious mononucleosis) and MS have all been associated with Epstein-Barr.