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High incidence area of cattle cancer with a possible interaction between an environmental carcinogen and a papilloma virus


Cattle in upland areas of Scotland and northern England are substantially more prone to alimentary cancer than those of the immediately neighbouring lowlands, and epidemiological evidence implicates a combination of papilloma virus and bracken in the aetiology of the disease. Here Professor Jarrett outlines the circumstantial case against these agents and discusses its implications.

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Jarrett, W., McNeil, P., Grimshaw, W. et al. High incidence area of cattle cancer with a possible interaction between an environmental carcinogen and a papilloma virus. Nature 274, 215–217 (1978).

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