Shope fibroma

Shope fibroma

A connective tissue tumour of cottontail rabbits caused by a poxvirus of the genus leporipoxvirus and found by Shope to be transmissible with cellular suspensions or Berkefeld filtrates; it is related to myxomatosis and is used in Europe as a source of vaccine to protect against the myxoma virus.

Synonym: rabbit fibroma.

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