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  • Connecting a virus to cancer – in sea lions

    Photo of sea lions gathered on the breeding beaches of one of the Channel Islands

    The waters around the Channel Islands historically have been heavily polluted with DDT that has persisted in the environment and in sea lion tissues, playing a role in cancer development.

    Photo: Alaska Fisheries Science Center/NOAA Fisheries.

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  • Editor’s notes:

    Dr. Kathleen Colegrove is a co-author of the study “Unlocking the role of a genital herpesvirus, otarine herpesvirus 1, in California sea lion cervical cancer.” She is part of the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Zoological Pathology Program, which partners with terrestrial and aquatic wildlife conservation organizations from every continent except Antarctica. Colegrove is a founding member of the Sea Lion Cancer Consortium. For a news release about the study, see also: Herpesvirus triggers cervical cancer affecting nearly 1 in 4 adult sea lions

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