Has the discovery of the mouse cancer virus prompted researchers to search for a human version, or is it thought that humans contact the virus from mice?

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DrKathleenTRuddy (Physician - Surgery - Breast (Verified) ) - 08 / 02 / 2011

Research studies indicate that there is, indeed, a human virus (HMTV) and it is 95-98% similar to the mouse virus (MMTV) - suggesting they are really the same virus.

Cats become infected with the virus from infected mice.

There are some scientists who think humans can become infected from mice or cats.

Also, MMTV is passed in seminal fluid to infect female mice. We ought to see if there is any evidence of HMTV in human seminal fluid.

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