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Painful Failure of Promising Genital Herpes Vaccine

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Science  15 Oct 2010:
Vol. 330, Issue 6002, pp. 304
DOI: 10.1126/science.330.6002.304

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A vaccine designed to ward off genital herpes has failed in a large clinical trial, abruptly ending the product's seemingly promising future. After 8 years of study in more than 8000 women in the United States and Canada, there was not even a hint of a positive result against the sexually transmitted disease caused by herpes simplex virus-2.