Hush little virus, don't say a word: How scientists investigate sleeping viruses

Hush little virus, don't say a word: How scientists investigate sleeping viruses

Four in five adults are infected with herpes simplex virus, say researchers, but most don’t show symptoms like cold sores because the virus infection is ‘latent’ — sleeping — within the nervous system. While many virus researchers are interested in understanding what causes these sleeping viruses to wake up, or reactivate, scientists are now trying to understand what prevents the infection from going to sleep in the first place.

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