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Scientists Discover Some Kissing (Disease) Cousins

Friday 20 April 2018


From Australia's Science Channel:


Epstein-Barr virus
An Epstein-Barr virus erupts from an infected
immune cell, called a B lymphocyte.
(Credit: Analytical Imaging Facility at
the Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Scientists discover some kissing (disease) cousins

Epstein-Barr virus is infamous for causing mononucleosis – aka the kissing disease – but its impact may be even more far reaching and damaging.

Topics: The Body
April 18, 2018
© 2018. Australia's Science Channel. All rights reserved.

Scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Research Foundation in the US report that Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), known as the virus that causes “mono” or glandular fever, also increases the risk of some people developing seven other major diseases, including multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 diabetes.

In a far-reaching study they showed that a protein produced by EBV, called EBNA2, binds to multiple locations along the human genome that are associated with these diseases.

Their findings shed new light on how environmental factors, such as viral or bacterial infections, poor diet, pollution or other hazardous exposures, can interact with the human genetic blueprint and have disease-influencing consequences. However, they say its full impact could take years to explore.


Video courtesy of the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.


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