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The Spoils of Epstein-Barr Virus and Its Role in Multiple Sclerosis


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2022 is off to a great start for Science as Harvard researchers published a study that potentially solves a longstanding question: Can viral infections cause Multiple Sclerosis (MS)? According to their findings, the answer is yes, we can confidently say that Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), a long-term suspect for causing this autoimmune disease, is indeed the primary causative agent.

In this blog article, we will talk about EBV and its ties to diseases along with discussing the results from this research, and end with the influence of this research in the future of MS therapeutics.

On Epstein-Barr Virus

The elusive virus in question, Epstein-Barr Virus has been under scientists’ lens since its discovery in 1964. It is a type of herpes virus (Humangammaherpesvirus4) and its infections are rampant among us– up to 95% of humans are infected by EBV at some point…

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