New Study Shows HHV6 Virus May Interfere with Myelin Repair in MS

HHV6 (Human Herpes Virus 6) is a common virus that can persist in the brain and spinal cord in a dormant form, and signs of HHV6 have previously been reported in people with MS. Although a role for this or any other virus in MS has not been proven, researchers at the University of Rochester, co-funded by the National MS Society, now report that HHV6 produces a protein that impairs the function of immature cells in charge of repairing nerve-insulating myelin. Cells infected with the virus were studied in lab…

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