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April 1987

Papillomaviruses: Ciba Foundation Symposium 120

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Bethesda, Md

Arch Dermatol. 1987;123(4):537. doi:10.1001/archderm.1987.01660280141042

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The 1986 Ciba Foundation Symposium on Papillomaviruses is a rare publication that manages to capture the excitement of current research and yet present a rather balanced, well-organized account of our knowledge on human and animal papillomaviruses. The papillomaviruses, once thought to cause only the "lowly wart," are now recognized to be closely associated with the development of benign and malignant human neoplasias, including cervical carcinoma. The meeting, chaired by Peter Howley of the National Cancer Institute, was attended by representatives from many of the most prominent papillomavirus laboratories in North America and Europe. While this symposium publication is not intended to have the historical or encyclopedic qualities of a textbook, it is presented in a very logical manner. The first chapter, by Pfister et al, summarizes the classification and genome organization of these viruses, illustrating the remarkable similarity of all papillomaviruses regardless of species origin. The next several reports focus

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