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Our scientists have developed a unique cell line that produces large amounts of the Kaposi's sarcoma-associated virus, or HHV8.
This virus probably is involved in the development of the disease, as well as a specific type of lymphoma.
Experiments are underway to find out how the virus is stimulated and determine ways to stop it.
Dr. Phillip Koeffler received a National Institutes of Health grant to fund this study. He has also filed for a patent.
Taking advantage of re-agents developed from the cell line, the team now suspects that multiple myeloma may also be associated with infection by this virus. Further studies are being conducted to explore this possibility.