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Shingles symptoms may be caused by neuronal short circuit (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences)

Virus infected neurons firing in synchronyThe pain and itching associated with shingles and herpes may be due to the virus causing a “short circuit” in the nerve cells that reach the skin, Princeton researchers have found.

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Jiun-Ruey Hu receives 2013 Spirit of Princeton Award

JocelynChuangJiun-Ruey Hu, molecular biology major pursuing certificates in neuroscience and applications in computing, receives 2013 Spirit of Princeton Award.

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Lynn Enquist Receives Honorary Degree from Ghent University

Lynn EnquistHenry L. Hillman Professor in Molecular Biology and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, Lynn Enquist, is celebrated with an honorary doctorate in the faculty of Veterinary Medicine from Ghent University.

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Princeton researchers identify unexpected bottleneck in the spread of herpes simplex virus

herpes simplexNew research suggests that just one or two individual herpes virus particles attack a skin cell in the first stage of an outbreak, resulting in a bottleneck in which the infection may be vulnerable to medical treatment. 

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To spread, nervous system viruses sabotage cell, hijack transportation

enquist MolBio Enquist HSV Fig7 575Princeton University researchers have found that herpes and other viruses that attack the nervous system may thrive by disrupting cell function in order to hijack a neuron's internal transportation network and spread to other cells.

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