Bovine Infectious Agents and Cooking-Induced Carcinogens Contribute to Certain Cancers

In this interview we discuss a bovine infectious agent, which may interact with carcinogens that arise during cooking or curing, and play a causative role in certain cancer.

In this interview, Harald zur Hausen, MD, 2008 Nobel Laureate and Professor Emeritus at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, discusses his epidemiologic work to investigate a bovine infectious agent that may interact with carcinogens arising during the cooking or curing of beef and play a causative role in certain cancers. Dr. zur Hausen also discusses how animal-derived viruses are being increasingly investigated as vectors for immunotherapy and the prevention of a variety of cancers.