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- n. A congenital defect resulting in the lack of one or more of the limbs.
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Arising out of Burnet's discovery that ectromelia virus was closely related to vaccinia and smallpox viruses, Frank Fenner was appointed in 1947 to study the experimental epidemiology of ectromelia.
Burnet went on to demonstrate that ectromelia virus showed the same type of haemagglutination and that ectromelia and vaccinia viruses were cross-protective in animals.
He made important contributions to two other viral diseases, herpes virus infections and ectromelia, showing that aphthous stomatitis in infants was often due to infection with herpes simplex virus and that the virus then went into a latent phase, recurrent facial herpes occurring later in life, in the presence of high titres of antibody.
At about the same time I got to know J.A. Roberts, who had done an excellent series of experiments with Mims on the ectromelia model and had recently returned from Cornell to a position as a research parasitologist in the CSIRO laboratories on the Yeerongpilly site.
Variants of the initial cell line have been tested and found negative for ectromelia virus (mousepox), but most are susceptible to polyoma and simian virus 40 (