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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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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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Tilghman reflects on DNA Study

Shirley Tilghman

President Shirley Tilghman and biology professor David Botstein recounted tales of their involvement as young scientists in the Human Genome Project and gave their opinions on hot topics in molecular biology in a talk Tuesday afternoon.

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Virus 'explorers' probe inner workings of the brain

Imagine an exceedingly complex circuit board. Wires often split -- seemingly at random -- and connect in strange and unexpected ways.

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