Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses | HHMI.org

Herpes simplex virus infections are an enormous global health problem and there is currently no viable vaccine. For nearly three decades, immunologists’ efforts to develop a herpes vaccine have centered on exploiting a single protein found on the virus’s outer surface that is known to elicit robust production of antibodies. Breaking from this approach, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) scientists at Albert Einstein College of Medicine have created a genetic mutant lacking that protein. The result is a powerfully effective vaccine against herpes viruses.

Source: Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses | HHMI.org

2 thoughts on “Radical Vaccine Design Effective Against Herpes Viruses | HHMI.org”

  1. The implication is then, that by denying the body’s innate tendency to have a response in the immune system, the symptoms have been diminished. And the further implication was, that the symptoms of the disease were the cause of the disease; but when in fact, the cause can be other than the symptoms of herpes being treated. I think all science needs beware of presuming to have found the root cause of any phenomenon.

  2. Hi Rebekah,

    Herpes is a pretty devious virus that has evolved ways to evade the human immune system and so cause a latent infection that can cause recurring outbreaks.

    This vaccine will hopefully prevent this latent infection and thus prevent hundreds of millions from suffering from painful outbreaks.

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