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Why do women have bigger butts?

bootylicious evolution, y’all.


I’m taking virology and because we have to read a bunch of different articles on viruses anyways, I decided to see if I could find some info on the new VivaGel product and apparently it’s very promising! Here’s a link to the paper regarding the research done on it and its efficacy if anyone is interested. 

More info on that new gel that kills the herpes virus!

Potential new technology to help prevent transmission of HSV, among other things. I’d be concerned that this could cause irritation, the way spermicidal condoms do, and HSV can be transmitted by parts of the body that are not covered by condoms. BUT, it doesn’t hurt to have another tool in one’s, um, box.


are some STDs nature’s fractals as well


One More Reason to Check Out PrEP:

Along With Preventing HIV, It May Reduce Your Risk of Herpes By 1/3


A preventative HIV medication may help protect those who take it against contracting the herpes virus as well. This extra protection was discovered during a randomized trial in which participants took drugs to prevent HIV infection as the central focus for the trial.

Participants in the trial took daily doses of medication that included tenofovir, which has been shown to lower the risk of HIV contraction by 75 percent. Further analysis revealed the reduced risk of herpes contraction.

This extra protection is thought to be especially beneficial for couples where one of the partners has HIV and the other does not. The presence of herpes is known to increase the risk of HIV contraction. According to research, this increase can be anywhere from three to six-fold.


"Antibodies are a way for your body to highlight what doesn’t belong. When one antibody reacts with two different antigens, this is called cross-reactivity; this is what happens with HSV-1 and HSV-2. Think of antibodies as highlighting and creating handles for T-cells to gobble up. T-cells are what eat what doesn’t belong. B-cells and plasma cells are what produce antibodies.

Viruses are coated in proteins, same as an egg is surrounded by an eggshell. So when you get a vaccine, imagine it like it’s giving you pieces of the eggshell so that your body recognizes these pieces by creating antibodies. If it is exposed to it again, it’ll be able to recognize the eggshell and fight it off.”

Note: this is a very simplified explanation because it doesn’t cover the innate responses, how antibodies are made, etc.



Harvard Stem Cell Institute scientists have a potential solution for how
to more effectively kill tumor cells using cancer-killing viruses. The
investigators report that trapping virus-loaded stem cells in a gel and
applying them to tumors significantly improved survival in mice with
glioblastoma multiforme, the most common brain tumor in human adults and
also the most difficult to treat. 

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News from Penn State: Scientists are starting to study the variations in (and similarities between) various strains of HSV buzzing around different populations, and how they evolve over time.

In a small study, researchers found that the drug — called pritelivir — substantially curbed “viral shedding” in people with genital herpes. That means it decreased the amount of time the virus was active and potentially transmissible to patients’ sexual partners.

The findings, reported in the Jan. 16 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are based on 156 patients followed for just four weeks. Experts cautioned that the study is preliminary and offers a “proof of concept.”

Still, they said, the results are important because pritelivir is the first in a new class of drugs that works differently than existing medications for genital herpes. The hope is that pritelivir will be better at preventing transmission of the virus.

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