Herpes hope

2019-03-07 08:08:01

A NOVEL vaccine against genital herpes is showing promise in animal tests. The virus infects more than one in six Americans. Roya Masoud and her colleagues at California State Polytechnic University have created a “mock” virus by anchoring a herpes protein within the outer membrane of a fatty particle called a liposome. Researchers often use liposomes to enclose genes and deliver them to cells. Tests show it can protect up to 86 per cent of mice from levels of the virus that killed all control animals. “At the moment, there are no genital herpes vaccines,