We’ve posted about this before, but it bears repeating because people get so upset over the word “Herpes,” yet herpes has been around far longer than we have. New research shows that herpesviruses have been infecting humanoids since before we were even human. HSV1 for over 6 millions years, and HSV2 for about 1.6 million years. It’s not that it’s something to scoff at, but it does remind us just how common herpesviruses are and how for most of us, at some point, it’s an unavoidable fact of life.
In a study published in “Molecular Biology and Evolution,” researchers Joel O. Wertheim, Martin D. Smith, Davey M. Smith, Konrad Scheffler1, and Sergei L. Kosakovsky Pond investigated HSV1 and HSV2 evolution and divergence. Interesting reading!