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Nanoparticles hold promise as double-edged sword against genital herpes

An effective vaccine against the virus that causes genital herpes has evaded researchers for decades. But now, researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago working with scientists from Germany have shown that zinc-oxide nanoparticles shaped like jacks can prevent the virus from entering cells, and help natural immunity to develop.

Zinc Oxide Nanoparticles
Zinc oxide tetrapod nanoparticles are shown.
Credit: Deepak Shukla