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Researchers find unknown proteins of herpes virus that could lead to improved care

Herpes is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, which is why scientists have been working diligently to find a means of treating and curing the virus. According to, researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry in Martinsried near Munich, Germany, in tandem with scientists from the University of California, have found previously unknown proteins of the herpes virus that could lead to a better understanding of how the complex virus stays so resilient against treatment.

The experiment examined infected cells with the herpes virus and took a close look at the proteins produced inside the cell for the first 72 hours. According to, the study aimed to predict all the proteins that the virus can produce. 

Ultimately, the data showed that the original genome study of the herpes virus is not enough to understand the internal biology of each specific virus. The hope is, by studying how these specific reactions take place, a better means of treatment could be found in the foreseeable future.