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One-Two Punch: Vaccine fights herpes with antibodies, T cells

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12:00pm, December 21, 2004

An experimental vaccine tested in animals incites a double-edged immune reaction against the virus that causes genital herpes. The finding may pave the way for tests in people. The vaccine stirred up both antibodies and immune cells against herpes simplex virus 2, suggesting it might work as both a preventive and a treatment. Herpes causes painful skin blisters and spreads easily from person to person.

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