Epstein-Barr Virus

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Epstein-Barr Virus

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The Epstein–Barr Virus Wears Chain Mail

The Epstein–Barr virus and its relatives in the herpesvirus family are known for their longevity. They persist in host tissues for years, causing diseases like mononucleosis, Kaposi's sarcoma and herpes, and are notoriously difficult to kill. University of California, Los Angeles, biophysicist Z. Hong Zhou thinks the secret to herpesviruses' resilience may be a layer of microscopic chain mail.

Zhou and his colleagues examined the outer shells, or capsids, of a primate herpesvirus under an electron microscope and saw a pattern of interlocking protein rings. Those rings form a mesh that can withstand intense pressures and explain why herpesviruses pack their exceptionally large genomes…

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 The Epstein–Barr Virus Wears Chain Mail

Electron microscopy reveals a meshlike protective layer in the viruses that cause herpes and mononucleosis, among other disorders.

50 years of Epstein-Barr virus

n March 1964 The Lancet medical journal published a remarkable piece of research from three scientists called Anthony Epstein, Yvonne Barr, and Burt Achong. They had discovered the first human virus that can cause cancer, which later came to bear two of their names: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

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What if no matter how long you have struggled with EBV, there was hope? What if no matter how hard the virus has impacted your life, there were answers?


Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), also known as human herpesvirus 4, is a member of the herpes virus family. It is one of the most common human viruses. EBV is found all over the world. Most people get infected with EBV at some point in their lives. EBV spreads most commonly through bodily fluids, primarily saliva. EBV can cause infectious mononucleosis, also called mono, and other illnesses.


The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a member of the herpesvirus family, is found throughout the world. Studies show that up to 95% of all adults have antibodies against this common virus, meaning that they were infected at some point in their lives. Even though most infections with EBV go unnoticed or produce only very mild symptoms, in some cases, it can be associated with the development of serious conditions, including several types of cancer.

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Epstein Barr doesn't just go away. Like other members of the herpes family it may lie dormant causing further problems later on in ones life. It has been linked to a number of diseases and condtions, including of course, M.E.. Other diseases believed to be linked to Epstein Barr include Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, and some cancers.

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