One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A form of tumor, caused by an RNA virus, which affects birds, particularly poultry.
- ‘The doctor says I should rest up and be thankful that it wasn't Rous sarcoma virus - there's a nasty lot of it about at the moment.’
- ‘They started by studying the Rous sarcoma virus, named after Peyton Rous.’
- ‘The first tumor-causing virus identified in any organism was the Rous sarcoma virus in chickens.’
Early 20th century: named after Francis P. Rous (1879–1970), American physician.
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