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Normal human tissues contain RNA and antigens related to infectious adenovirus type 2

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Normal human tissues have been found to contain RNA which hybridises with four regions of the adenovirus type 2 genome, including one which contains the transforming gene(s) of this virus. The RNAs have also been extracted from gorilla organs, but not from those of chickens, suggesting that they are a feature of all normal higher primate tissues. Serological tests suggest that these homologous RNAs are translated into proteins connected with essentially normal and virus-infected cell functions.

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  1. Institute of Animal Genetics, University of Edinburgh, Kings Buildings, West Mains Road, Edinburgh, UK

    • K. W. Jones
    • , J. Kinross
    •  & N. Maitland
  2. Department of Bacteriology, Medical School, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK

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