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Elements S1 • E29

Most of Us Have Herpes Thanks to Ancient Interspecies Sex (Probably)

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Published on Mar 13, 2018

Humans didn't always have genital herpes, so scientists recently pinpointed when and how the transfer happened. Hint: it either involved murder or sex.

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Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes
https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releas...
"For these viruses to jump species barriers they need a lucky genetic mutation combined with significant fluid exchange. In the case of early hominins, this means through consumption or intercourse - or possibly both."

Peter Thiel Helps to Fund Controversial Offshore Human Trial for Herpes Vaccine
https://www.seeker.com/health/peter-t...
“Defying US safety protections for human trials, an American university and a group of wealthy libertarians, including a prominent Donald Trump supporter, are backing the offshore testing of an experimental herpes vaccine.”

The ‘World's First Smart Condom’ Rates Performance and Detects STDs
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“A British company announced this week that it has developed the "world's first smart condom," a battery-powered electric device that can measure sexual performance and help detect sexually transmitted diseases.”

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