computer graphic of Human Papilloma Virus particles over a female figure to indicate infectious origin of cervical cancer

HPV IMAGE # 5: Human Papilloma Virus particles on a black background with female anatomical figure. Web image measures 500 pixels across, original image is 4885 x 6300 pixels.

Papilloma viruses are small icosahedral viruses containing a double stranded DNA genome. Certain species have been implicated in cervical cancer and a vaccine has now been developed against these viruses. This vaccine was developed in Australia by Professor Ian Frazer. We distribute a video on cervical cancer that was made in 1987. Despite its age, that video emphasised the link between HPV and cancer. It is available from RKM to customers in Australia and New Zealand.

In this computer graphic, the translucent bluish outer layer represents the viral pentamer proteins (arranged as an icosahedral capsid). The red inner ball represents the double stranded DNA genome (viral genes). The viruses are shown targetting the cervix (neck of the womb or uterus).

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