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a common virus may help inform treatment planning for stem cell transplant patients

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a common virus may help inform treatment planning for stem cell transplant patients

image: this is amir toor, m.d. of vcu massey cancer center. view more credit: vcu massey cancer centermost healthy people barely notice infection with the human cytomegalovirus (hcmv), a form of the herpes virus that has evolved with humans over thousands of years and usually lays dormant in the body after initial infection. now, in a study recently published in the journal plos one, a team of scientists from vcu massey cancer center have shown a genetic relationship between the reactivation of hcmv and the onset of graft-versus-host disease (gvhd), a potentially deadly condition in which the immune system attacks healthy tissue following a bone marrow or stem cell transplant. this new finding is the latest in a line of research led by...