Study: Latent Viruses Are Not Dormant; New Evidence Supports Microcompetition Theory

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A study published on September 4, 2013 in the medical journal Viruses showed that there is significant Varicella Zoster Virus (VZV) gene transcription even when the virus is latent (1). The Center for the Biology of Chronic Disease (CBCD) believes it is time for a change in the currently accepted theories regarding latent viruses.

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We continually hear from doctors that latent viruses are inactive, and therefore cause no harm. This is a misconception. Latent viruses are active and can be dangerous. - Greg Bennett, CBCD

The CBCD reviewed many major medical sources and discovered that they continue to say that latent viruses are dormant. For instance, the CDC says on a webpage concerning the Epstein Barr Virus that “EBV remains dormant or latent in a few cells (2).” These sources believe that when viruses are latent, there is no viral replication or transcription, which is the first step of gene expression. Therefore, they conclude that latent viruses are harmless.

This is a misconception.

Research shows that latent viruses are not dormant. They show viral replication and transcription of viral proteins. For instance, researchers from the Department of Neurology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine wrote that human ganglia (a mass of nerve cells), which were infected with the latent Varicella Zoster Virus, showed multiple VZV transcripts (1).

“RT-PCR and in situ hybridization studies have identified multiple VZV transcripts in latently infected human ganglia. State-of-the-art multiplex PCR technology, capable of detecting all 68 annotated VZV gene transcripts, revealed transcription of at least 12 VZV genes during latency… (1)”

Another paper entitled “Human Cytomegalovirus Persistence” published February 13, 2012 in the journal Cellular Microbiology, clearly says that latent viruses are active. “Both the chronic and latent states of infection contribute to HCMV persistence and to the high HCMV seroprevalence worldwide. The chronic infection is poorly defined molecularly, but clinically manifests as low-level virus shedding over extended periods of time and often in the absence of symptoms (2).”

“We believe that it is time for a paradigm shift in the thinking of the medical community. We continually hear from doctors that latent viruses are inactive, and therefore cause no harm. This is a misconception. Latent viruses are active and can be dangerous. Once the medical community accepts this, it can turn to Dr. Polansky’s book for a better understanding of the risks posed by latent viruses.” – Greg Bennett, CBCD

The following is a simplified explanation of that theory. Dr. Hanan Polansky discovered that foreign DNA fragments, called N-boxes, cause most major diseases. When the foreign N-boxes belong to a virus, microcompetition between the viral DNA and the human DNA can lead to disease even when the virus is latent or the viral DNA is broken into pieces and cannot express proteins.

To learn more about Dr. Hanan Polansky’s research and the Theory of Microcompetition with Foreign DNA, visit:



The CBCD is a research center recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)(3) non-for-profit organization. The mission of the CBCD is to advance the research on the biology of chronic diseases, and to accelerate the discovery of treatments.

The CBCD published the “Purple” book by Dr. Hanan Polansky. The book presents Dr. Polansky’s highly acclaimed scientific theory on the relationship between foreign DNA and the onset of chronic diseases. Dr. Polansky’s book is available as a free download from the CBCD website.

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