MWV Episode 80 - Harald zur Hausen - Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)

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Vincent Racaniello speaks with Professor Harald zur Hausen, recipient of the 2013 Society for General Microbiology Prize Medal for "work that has had a far-reaching impact beyond microbiology." Professor zur Hausen talks about the beginnings of his work on the human papilloma virus (HPV) starting in 1972 with a group he setup to look at the "isolation and characterization of the viruses in genital warts." This group would lead to the discovery of HPV 16 and 18 (the leading cause of...

Vulvar Cancer: Often Misdiagnosed as an Abscess

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Vulvar cancer is rare, with around 4,000 women in the United States diagnosed each year. Doctors often misdiagnose vulvar cancer as an abscess, but if caught early it is highly curable with little disfigurement or sexual dysfunction. Charles Levenback, M.D., and Anuja Jhingran, M.D., both professors in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, discuss the basics, diagnoses and treatment of vulvar cancer.