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MS-like condition in monkeys ‘could shed light on disease’

29th June 2011

A disease similar to multiple sclerosis (MS) has been discovered in monkeys that could improve understanding of the human version of the condition.

Oregon Health and Science University researchers have encountered a naturally-occurring illness among Japanese macaques that is associated with a herpes virus with a distinct likeness to MS.

This could be vital for numerous reasons, as previous studies of MS-like disease among simians required artificial induction of the condition.

By comparison, naturally-occurring illnesses can offer greater insight into cause and development.

Moreover, this discovery supports long-held theories that a type of herpes virus is responsible for triggering MS among genetically susceptible humans.

Dr Scott Wong, senior author of the study, said: "These findings … could be a landmark in someday developing more effective treatments for the disease, or even methods to prevent the onset of MS."

Data from the NHS shows that MS is the most common neurological condition in young UK adults, affecting approximately 100,000 people.ADNFCR-8000103-ID-800603650-ADNFCR

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