How party dips can give you herpes

It’s usually not a party until the chips and dips rock up.

But, a new investigation has revealed that these tasty party treats can be hiding some very dangerous bacteria.

Norovirus, streptococcus – which gives you a sore throat – and herpes simplex – the cold sore virus, could all be lurking in your favourite dips.

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The investigation revealed that if as little as one partygoer commits the ultimate party foul of ‘double dipping’, for the bacteria multiplying.

Microbiologists revealed on Monday’s episode of Food Unwrapped on Channel 4 that thousands of organisms live in the tiniest amount of saliva. Continue reading

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You’ve Never Seen Herpes Like This Before

Herpes is decidedly not amazing. But a new view of its molecular structure might make you say “wow.”

Two teams of scientists, one in China and another in the United States, have released new up-close views of the protein capsule that encompasses herpesvirus DNA, called a capsid. They revealed some of the best images yet of the virus (or of any large virus, for that matter). And it’s an important virus to study.

“A clear understanding of the structure and function of the various proteins of herpesvirus could help guide development of anti-viral agents as well as increase its utility and efficiency as a therapeutic agent for treating tumors,” author Xiangxi Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences told Gizmodo. Continue reading

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