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Mexican scientist researches ways to tackle herpes simplex




Guadalajara (Notimex) - Mexican pharmacobiologist Esteban Flores is researching ways to tackle the herpes simplex virus. 

Flores, a graduate of the University of Guadalajara, is carrying out his research at Cornell University, New York. 

Seventy percent of the world population is infected with some kind of herpes variety, and Flores has been researching the ways the virus interacts with its host in order to find ways for the body to tackle the virus.

"The virus hides in the sensory neurons, and once infected, it stays infected for life, there is no cure or ways to eliminate the virus, only treatment. That's where my research comes in, we want to supress the virus or help cells to naturally fight the virus," Flores said. 

One of the treatments currently under development has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This treatment aims to use the herpes virus to treat brain cancers. 

Photo: Esteban Flores. Notimex/Special

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