Highlights of the 27th International Papillomavirus Conference and Clinical Workshop: part 1

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The 27th International Papillomavirus Conference, held in Berlin (17–22 September 2011) brought together more than 2000 scientists, clinicians and public health experts who shared new findings in the knowledge of the HPV and the prevention and treatment of HPV-related disease. In this first of three reports of the conference, the keynote lectures and the basic science sessions are summarized, which focused on the virus life cycle, the viral E and L proteins, the molecular pathways of HPV-induced carcinogenesis, the humoral and cellular immunologic responses elicited by prophylactic and therapeutic vaccines and new diagnostic tests and antiviral drugs.

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