Dormant But Dangerous: UA Researcher Investigating Viruses In The Human Body

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UArizona Immunobiology professor Dr. Felicia Goodrum is studying Cytomegalovirus, or CMV. It is a herpes virus that is usually latent but has the ability to change into a form that causes devastating diseases or even death in immune-compromised patients. The leading cause of birth defects, Dr. Goodrum explains that discovering how the virus reactivates from its latent state could bring novel strategies to conquer it, noting studying viruses like CMV can help scientists learn why our cells become cancerous.