• Researchers Find Byproducts from Bacteria-Causing Gum Disease Incite Deadly Oral Cancer Growth
    Researchers from Case Western Reserve University have discovered how byproducts in the form of small fatty acids from two bacteria prevalent in gum disease incite the growth of deadly Kaposi’s sarcoma-related (KS) lesions and tumors in the mouth. The discovery could lead to ...More
    February 25, 2014 Posted in News
  • Hitchhiking Virus Confirms Saga of Ancient Human Migration
    A study of the full genetic code of a common human virus offers a dramatic confirmation of the "out-of-Africa" pattern of human migration, which had previously been documented by anthropologists and studies of the human genome. The virus under study, herpes simplex virus ...More
    October 21, 2013 Posted in News
  • New Research on Inherited Herpesvirus May Have Implications for Transplantation
    Research from the University of Leicester shows that inherited human herpesvirus 6, carried by 1 percent of population, affects telomere stability and may reactivate. Up to half a million people in Britain today may not know it, but in their genetic material they carry a ...More
    September 20, 2013 Posted in News
  • Programmed Cell Death Activates Latent Herpesviruses
    Researchers have found that apoptosis, a natural process of programmed cell death, can reactivate latent herpesviruses in the dying cell. The results of their research, which could have broad clinical significance since many cancer chemotherapies cause apoptosis, was ...More
    September 6, 2013 Posted in News
  • Children's National Medical Center Study Finds That Apoptosis Triggers Replication of Common Viruses
    Researchers from Children’s National Medical Center have found that an alternate, “escape” replication process triggered by apoptosis—the process of cell death or “cell suicide”—appears to be common in human herpesviruses (HHV). The findings have implications for better ...More
    August 27, 2013 Posted in News
  • Pressurized Virus Blasts Its Infectious DNA Into Human Cells
    The virus that causes those painful lip blisters known as cold sores has an internal pressure eight times higher than a car tire, and uses it to literally blast its infectious DNA into human cells, scientists are reporting in a new study. Discovery of the pressure-driven ...More
    July 24, 2013 Posted in News
  • Scientists Reveal How Herpesvirus Invades Nervous System
    Northwestern Medicine scientists have identified a component of the herpesvirus that "hijacks" machinery inside human cells, allowing the virus to rapidly and successfully invade the nervous system upon initial exposure. Led by Gregory Smith, associate professor in ...More
    March 28, 2013 Posted in News
  • Could That Cold Sore Increase Your Risk of Memory Problems?
    The virus that causes cold sores, along with other viral or bacterial infections, may be associated with cognitive problems, according to a new study published in the March 26, 2013, print issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. The ...More
    March 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals New Approach for Stopping Herpes Infections
    Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have discovered a novel strategy for preventing infections due to the highly common herpes simplex viruses, the microbes responsible for causing genital herpes (herpes simplex virus 2) and cold sores ...More
    March 25, 2013 Posted in News
  • Researchers Discover Gene That Suppresses Herpesviruses
    Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV) and Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) hide within the worldwide human population. While dormant in the vast majority of those infected, these active herpesviruses can develop into several forms of cancer. In an effort to understand and ...More
    February 13, 2013 Posted in News
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