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Obesity Protects Against Genital Herpes in Mice, Study Finds
A high-fat diet induced changes to the animals’ vaginal microbiomes that boosted survival after exposure to the virus.
Obesity Protects Against Genital Herpes in Mice, Study Finds
Obesity Protects Against Genital Herpes in Mice, Study Finds

A high-fat diet induced changes to the animals’ vaginal microbiomes that boosted survival after exposure to the virus.

A high-fat diet induced changes to the animals’ vaginal microbiomes that boosted survival after exposure to the virus.


Ribbon diagram of the protein coat of an adeno-associated virus
Preprints Propose Constellation of Causes for Kids’ Liver Disease
Christie Wilcox, PhD | Jul 25, 2022 | 2 min read
Two independent groups suggest the suite of recent unexplained hepatitis cases may stem from coinfection with an adeno-associated virus and a helper adeno- or herpesvirus, a duo which may be especially virulent in children with a particular genetic variant.
New insights reveal how herpesvirus infiltrates the nervous system.
Herpes Kidnaps Proteins to Take Up Residence in the Nervous System
Roni Dengler, PhD | Dec 6, 2021 | 3 min read
The herpes virus hitches a ride to the nuclei of neurons from a surprising source.
The Scientist Speaks - Thieves on the Inside: Viral Control of Host Gene Expression
Niki Spahich, PhD | 1 min read
Britt Glaunsinger discusses how viruses steal from their hosts to take over cellular processes and promote their own survival.
Microscopic photograph of brain tissue demonstrating the characteristics of Alzheimer's disease
David Gate Probes Links Between Alzheimer’s and the Immune System
James M. Gaines | Nov 1, 2021 | 4 min read
The Northwestern University researcher studies how adaptive immune cells influence neurodegenerative disease.
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Study Finds No Association Between Herpes Virus and Alzheimer’s
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 23, 2020 | 5 min read
While the findings contradict previous studies that have linked human herpesvirus 6 to the neurodegenerative disease, they do not eliminate the possibility of a relationship.
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Type of Herpes Virus Tied to Multiple Sclerosis
Katarina Zimmer | Jan 10, 2020 | 5 min read
A study of 16,000 people suggests that human herpesvirus 6A is a risk factor for developing multiple sclerosis, reinvigorating a neglected hypothesis that the virus could be involved in triggering the disease.
Amyloid plaques (stained for amyloid-? peptide) detected in a post-mortem brain sample of a patient with Alzheimer's disease. Purple purple dots in the background are the nuclei of neurons and glia.
Herpes Viruses Implicated in Alzheimer’s Disease
Anna Azvolinsky | Jun 21, 2018 | 5 min read

A new study shows that the brains of Alzheimer’s disease patients have a greater viral load, while another study in mice shows infection leads to amyloid-β build up.

Biohacker Aaron Traywick Found Dead in DC Float Spa
Ashley Yeager | May 1, 2018 | 2 min read
The CEO of a biomedical startup had made headlines this year when he injected himself with an untested herpes vaccine in front of an audience.
Some Antibiotics Rev Up Host Immune Response to Viruses
Shawna Williams | Apr 9, 2018 | 4 min read
The antimicrobial drug neomycin protects mice from some viral infections, complicating the picture of the relationship between antibiotics and susceptibility to viruses.
Recipients of Experimental Herpes Vaccine File Lawsuit
Catherine Offord | Mar 14, 2018 | 2 min read
The suit claims that Rational Vaccines, the company of recently deceased researcher William Halford, violated US and international laws when it carried out the procedure.
Biohacker Injects DIY Herpes Vaccine on Facebook Live
Shawna Williams | Feb 4, 2018 | 2 min read
The stunt, performed at a biohacking conference, was purportedly part of a two-subject trial of the genetically modified vaccine.
Scientists Look to Epigenetics to Thwart Viruses
Shawna Williams | Sep 1, 2017 | 5 min read
Some viral pathogens modify chromatin and other epigenetic machinery, making them appealing drug targets.
Five Oncoviruses Debut On NIH Carcinogen List
Joshua A. Krisch | Nov 6, 2016 | 2 min read
Seven newly evaluated substances, including five oncoviruses, have been added to the US National Institutes of Health’s 14th Report on Carcinogens.
CRISPR Combats Herpes
Alison F. Takemura | Jul 5, 2016 | 2 min read
Scientists use the gene editing technology to target active and latent virus in mammalian cell cultures.
FDA OKs Herpesvirus to Treat Cancer
Jef Akst | Oct 28, 2015 | 1 min read
The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of an engineered herpesvirus for the treatment of melanoma marks the first oncolytic virus to enter the market.
Herpes Vax Shows Promise
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2015 | 1 min read
A vaccine candidate against herpes simplex virus type 2 provides complete protection against infection in mice, with no evidence of latent virus.
Have Herpes, Will Travel
Abby Olena, PhD | Apr 1, 2014 | 3 min read
Insight into the geographical clustering of a viral genome comes from an unexpected source.
Virus Latency Causes Cattle Disease?
Sabrina Richards | Apr 29, 2013 | 3 min read
Researchers identify a herpesvirus gene persisting in the cells of calves suffering from malignant catarrhal disease.
Natural STD Protection for Women?
Kate Yandell | Feb 28, 2013 | 3 min read
An interferon found in the female reproductive tract may help guard against sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes.