Novel Gene linked to herpes-related cold sores | MicrobiologyBytes |

Researchers have identified a human chromosome containing a specific gene associated with susceptibility to herpes simplex labialis (HSL), the common cold sore. The gene C21ORF91 encodes a cytoplasmic protein with currently unknown function. Cold sores occur when the herpes virus reactivates from its quiescent state within the nerve, infecting the lip, nose, or face.

Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald, Chris Upton + helpers