Global Cancer News

Newfound protein may prevent viral infection, herpes-induced cancer

Anne Li

A human protein has been identified that could prevent cancer by restricting a type of herpes virus from replicating. Most people are infected by several herpes viruses by the time they reach adulthood. Learning how to stop herpes virus 8 from spreading may hint to how to prevent the other seven types, such as the onethat causes cold sores. The scientists examined the human herpes virus 8, otherwise known as Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus. Kaposi sarcoma is a cancer that causes lesions in soft tissue, including skin, the oral cavity, lymph nodes and internal organs.

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