adenovirus

Definition / meaning of adenovirus

A member of a family of viruses that can cause infections in the respiratory tract, eye, and gastrointestinal tract. Forms of adenoviruses that do not cause disease are used in gene therapy. They carry genes that may fix defects in cells or kill cancer cells.

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The Web site of the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/)

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