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Scientists cloned the HCNV virus. The fact that they can replicate the virus outside the body will open up new treatment possibilities.
The human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) can be a deadly problem in people with HIV/AIDs or in transplant patients. Welsh scientists cloned the HCMV human virus.
This cloned virus could open up a range of treatment options.
Before this, scientists had a hard time replicating the HCMV outside the human body. Well, the virus' genome was so large it was hard to replicate.
To get around this issue, the scientists isolated the troublesome region of the virus and developed cells to grow the virus. Specifically, RL13 is thought to be the main inhibitor of replication.
Being able to clone a virus will allow scientists to develop antivirals and vaccines against the virus. The fact that the researchers could clone the virus outside the body gives hope for new treatment options.
HCMV is the highest priority vaccine that the US Institute of Medicine wants to tackle, as the virus is the major cause of congenital malformations in the world.
Sep 14, 2010
HCMV was a killer when it turned up in the profile of a transplant needing patient. People are exposed to and are successfully fighting off many virus and bacteria and fungii and so on. You do not know how often your body is doing war with the microbial enemies. But a few lab tests will turn up things you never knew you had. And I don't think I ever had a heart transplant patient that did not come up with a case of herpes once they were initially suppressed. Once we relaxed the reins a little and let their own immune system do a little clean up they would get under control with a litle help from the pharmacy department. While we all recognize the man with an axe as a great danger to us most of us fail to consider the tens of thousands of microbes that are lying in wait with their tiny but effective axes. Stay as clean as you can and avoid swapping nasty bugs with each other. You will profit in many ways. Or you can wait for the scientists to come up with a new pill to take.