Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Is MS Caused by Epstein Barr?

Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) has long been suspected as a possible cause for MS. Dr. John W. Lindsey at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston focuses his research on MS. In a study with one particular genotype of EBV, no relationship was found. To read the abstract, scroll down on the page.

Well, that's one down. I don't know how many more genotypes they have to eliminate before they find a relationship -- if there is a relationship to be found. Keep looking!


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3 comments:

Jim said...

I heard about this in an Columbus Dispatch article a few years back when there cases of epstein barr that were being discussed around the community.

Vicki said...
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Vicki said...

There are so many strains of EBV, and apparently almost everyone (estimates of 95% of world population) has some form or another during their lives. I guess it makes sense that all the strains cannot be the cause of MS -- or almost everyone would have that, too.

I had mono as a young adult, so when I first heard of a possible relationship between MS and EBV, I started paying attention. I think this is the first research I found where one strain was eliminated as the MS culprit. There may be more.

At least this shows progress.