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13 - 02 - 2017

The harmfulness of the Epstein-Barr virus

The Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is present in 95% of adults worldwide. It is transmitted by simple contact and would be responsible for 2% of cancers.

Researchers have discovered in vitro and in mice that the BNRF1 protein of EBV creates a chromosomal instability and is a risk for cancer. They are now considering that inactivating this protein with a vaccine could eliminate the risk of cancer and have a health benefit. Research is ongoing to test this hypothesis.