Simian vacuolating virus no. 40

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simian vacuolating virus No. 40

A small (40 to 45 nm) dNA virus of the genus polyomavirus, family papovaviridae; the cause of seemingly inapparent infections in monkeys, especially rhesus, and a common contaminant of monkey cell cultures; the virus may cause inapparent infection in humans and may be excreted in stools of children for several weeks; it can produce fibrosarcoma in suckling hamsters, and transformation may occur in human diploid cells; it may also form hybrid virus in cells also infected with certain adenoviruses.

Synonym: simian virus 40.

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