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No virus seen in prostate tumors

October 17, 2009|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A study conducted in Germany contradicts at least two earlier studies that found a link between prostate tumors and a virus seen in some tumors.

Researchers led by Drs. Reinhard Kurth and Norbert Bannert of the Robert Koch Institute in Berlin studied 589 prostate-tumor samples collected in Germany. The team reported Thursday in the journal Retrovirology that they found no traces of the xenotropic murine leukemia virus-related virus, or XMRV, in any of the samples.

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