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Do Viruses Cause Cancer? The Papillomavirus Story at Clarkson University Science Cafe

"Do Viruses Cause Cancer? The Papillomavirus Story" will be discussed by Clarkson University Biology Professor Craig Woodworth at the Science Café on Wednesday, February 6, at 7:15 p.m. in the Potsdam Civic Center Community Room in Potsdam, N.Y., and on Tuesday, February 12, at 7:15 p.m. in the Park View Common Room, above the Blackbird Café, 107 Main St. in Canton, N.Y.

Clarkson University Biology Professor Craig WoodwortViruses are tiny structures that can cause major illness in people they infect. Unexpectedly, the study of viruses has shed light on how human cancers develop.

Join Woodworth as he explains how papillomaviruses, known for causing innocuous warts, have a potential role in cancer, and as he details new strategies to rid people of these tiny pathogens.

Science Cafes bring together engineers, scientists and townspeople in a relaxed, informal setting, such as coffeehouses and pubs. The speaker makes a short presentation about a topic in his or her field, and then opens up the floor to discussion.

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E-mail Daniel ben-Avraham at with any questions or suggestions for future Science Cafe topics.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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