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A team of Welsh scientists has successfully cloned a human virus, offering new hope for the treatment of potentially life-threatening diseases.
Human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) is a major infectious cause of congenital malformations worldwide. The virus is also known to cause life-threatening disease in transplant patients and people with HIV/AIDS.
The development of new treatments has been hampered as scientists have been unable to stably replicate HCMV outside the human body.
http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0913111127.htm
 

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So we made something in a lab that will kill us?

Great. What's next? Scientist discover new way to die faster?
 

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So we made something in a lab that will kill us?

Great. What's next? Scientist discover new way to die faster?



Now that we don't have to have human hosts to grow it, it can be much more easily studied. When a desease becomes much more easy to study, new treatment methods are developed at a much quicker rate. Particularly, to create a vaccine for a virus you have to be able to grow it outside of the human body.

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Dr Stanton added: "HCMV has been designated as a highest priority vaccine target by the US Institute of Medicine. When developing vaccines, anti-viral agents and improving understanding of disease, it is crucial to work with a virus that accurately represents the virus present in patients.

"For the first time our work has enabled us to create an exact copy of the virus outside of the body offering a vital step forward in the development of new treatments."

This is good news.
 

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Sarcasm I hope. That or you've been watching too many movies that portray the evil character as a mad, laughing scientist.

I believe it was another case of someone posting after only having read the thread title and not the article
 
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