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(EurekAlert)   It's taken a heroic effort, but researchers may have uncovered the Achilles heel of viruses   (eurekalert.org) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Virus, Immune system, new research study, Aarhus University, virologist Sren Riis Paludan, Infection, herpes virus, Antiviral drug  
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2020-05-21 11:19:46 AM  
seems like a sisyphean task
 
2020-05-21 12:17:48 PM  
Research into curing the Herpes virus? We know where this leads....

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2020-05-21 12:24:26 PM  
Is it oxyacetylene?
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2020-05-21 12:34:44 PM  
"In the study, we found that the herpes simplex virus is capable of inhibiting a protein in the cells, known as STING, which is activated when there is a threat. "

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2020-05-21 12:38:47 PM  
In the new study, which has just been published in the scientific journal Journal of Experimental Medicine, the researchers have investigated how the herpes simplex virus circumvents the immune system in order to cause infections of the brain. This is a rare infection but one which has a high mortality rate among those who are affected.

I wonder if in some cases herpes can affect the brain in a similar way to syphilis? Case in point, a US politician who need not be named.
 
2020-05-21 12:42:05 PM  
 
2020-05-21 12:55:05 PM  
Calling it an Achilles Heel is a bit of a misnomer. Effectively, they've identified a common step in what is effectively a virus' "kill chain". Finding a point in which to interrupt the kill chain does give you a target for countermeasures, but just because you now know your tactical objective doesn't mean you have actually identified an easy way influence it. Considering any old weapon worked on the guy's heel, the parallel doesn't hold too well.
 
2020-05-21 1:03:47 PM  
Is it people? It's people, isn't it?

It's PEEEEOOOOOPLEEEEE!!!

/ It's soylent.
// the answer has been under our noses the whole time!
/// 3
 
2020-05-21 1:15:54 PM  

OptimisticCynicism: Calling it an Achilles Heel is a bit of a misnomer. Effectively, they've identified a common step in what is effectively a virus' "kill chain". Finding a point in which to interrupt the kill chain does give you a target for countermeasures, but just because you now know your tactical objective doesn't mean you have actually identified an easy way influence it. Considering any old weapon worked on the guy's heel, the parallel doesn't hold too well.


Exactly.  Plus, mechanistically diseases have a number of strategies of combating the immune system.
 
2020-05-21 1:18:11 PM  

LesserEvil: Research into curing the Herpes virus? We know where this leads....

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everyone who watches that show loves it. However, I've found it REALLY hard to describe when recommending it.

"it's like the Terminator plus Back to the Future plus The Last Starfighter plus Hot Tub Time Machine.,  it weirder and funnier."

/my wife hates sci-fi and I got her to watch it
//the actor who plays Wolf is terrific.  I hope to see him in more stuff.
///season 2 was meh, but season three redeemed it.
 
2020-05-21 1:57:50 PM  
"Get all their data. Make it look like a lovers' murder-suicide. No cures. Ever." -- Big Pharma
 
2020-05-21 5:03:51 PM  

LesserEvil: Research into curing the Herpes virus? We know where this leads....

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He fixes the cable?
 
2020-05-21 5:44:58 PM  

LesserEvil: Research into curing the Herpes virus? We know where this leads....

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I googled the image, nothing. I googled the logo on the shirt, found out about this show, which I somehow have managed to have never heard of. Now I'm on episode four and I thank you, sir or madam, very much.
 
2020-05-21 9:38:14 PM  
Thanks, article. 2020 wasn't bad enough, I needed to learn about the existence of fatal brain-herpes.
 
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