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When scientific hypotheses don’t pan out

Research studies are often built around an educated guess. What happens when those guesses are wrong?

Feb. 16, 2018 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Researchers are always prepared for the possibility of a disproven hypothesis. But what happens when a beloved idea or dogma is shattered is less technical, less predictable. More human.

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Stealing a secret from an unwelcome virus

An unexpected discovery in a herpes lab might bring relief to cancer patients

June 29, 2017 | By Sabin Russell / Fred Hutch News Service

Drs. Jia Zhu and Tao Peng made a unexpected discovery while searching for a treatment for herpes: The virus prompts skin cells to make a protein that keeps sensory nerves healthy, and might lead to a treatment for peripheral neuropathy, a side effect of chemotherapy.

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Experimental herpes drug more effective than standard treatment

Pritelivir reduces viral shedding and lesions better than valacyclovir, study shows

Dec. 20, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

The results of the phase 2, randomized, double-blind trial published today in JAMA showed that when people with genital herpes took a daily oral dose of pritelivir, they reduced their rate of viral shedding by half compared to when they took valacyclovir. They also had fewer genital sores and less pain.

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Can gene editing cure herpes?

Fred Hutch study shows ‘pathway to potential cure’ for herpes simplex and other latent viruses

Sept. 8, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

In the latest herpes research, Fred Hutch scientists have used a gene-editing technique to attack the DNA of the herpes simplex virus in infected mice.

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Dr. Larry Corey steps down to return to his passion of hands-on science

Building on career of life-saving research, Corey shifts full-time focus to the lab in quest for HIV and herpes vaccines, better cancer treatments

May 8, 2014 | By Linda Dahlstrom

Dr. Larry Corey announced he is stepping down as Fred Hutch's president and director so he can return to his passion – making a difference through hands-on research.

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Halting herpes' transmission

New Hutch study predicts threshold of viral load for passing herpes from one person to another

March 25, 2014 | By Mary Engel

Fred Hutch researchers used mathematical models to predict viral loads below which transmission of the herpes virus is unlikely to occur. Preventing transmission is critical because there is no cure for herpes.

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