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Kaposi's sarcoma herpesvirus (KSHV), computer illustration. KSHV is Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (human herpesvirus 8). The virus is an oncovirus, which is a virus that can cause cancer and its name is derived from being the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma in patients with AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). The capsid surrounds the virus' DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) and is in turn surrounded by tegument protein and a lipid membrane.
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