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

Humans didn't always have genital herpes, so scientists recently pinpointed when and how the transfer happened. Hint: it either involved murder or sex. How Close Are We to Curing HIV/AIDS? – Read More: Meet the hominin species that gave us genital herpes
"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
“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
“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.” ____________________ Seeker inspires us to see the world through the lens of science and evokes a sense of curiosity, optimism and adventure. Visit the Seeker website Subscribe now! Seeker on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter Seeker on Facebook Seeker Special thanks to Amy Shira Teitel for hosting and writing this episode of Seeker!
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