Sunday, February 15, 2009

Plus, it's more fun to administer than a shot ...

Herpes virus may protect against bacterial pathogens:

A major point of discussion between the two groups concerned the implications of such research for the development of vaccines against herpes virus infections. Dr. Virgin suggested that "decreased infection may be associated with unintended negative consequences for vaccinated individuals." In response, Dr. Blackman argues that possible transient protective effects did not outweigh the already recognized pathological consequences of herpesvirus infection. Both groups agreed that the protective effects of herpesvirus infections merit further study.

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