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Viruses 2014, 6(1), 336-339;

Preface of the Special Issue: “Recent CMV Research”

Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002, USA
Departments of Pediatrics, Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20010, USA
Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20037, USA
Integrative Systems Biology, Research Center for Genetic Medicine, Children's National Medical Center, 111 Michigan Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20010, USA
Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine and Health Sciences, George Washington University, Washington, DC 20037, USA
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Received: 9 December 2013 / Accepted: 14 January 2014 / Published: 22 January 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Recent CMV Research)
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This Viruses Special Issue on Recent Cytomegalovirus (CMV) Research is dedicated to the patients who have suffered CMV infection and to their parents, families and caregivers. We are including as a Preface to this issue the insights of a young college student, Kayla Dufrene, who suffered congenital CMV infection and contacted me and Dr. Roberta DeBiasi, to interview us to learn more about CMV. As I was just returning to the DC area from the 4th Congenital CMV Conference in San Francisco, I was particularly receptive to her request. When we met Kayla, we were both impressed with her personal strength and ability to cope with her disabilities and needed medical treatments. Despite it all, Kayla has an exceptionally positive outlook on life, feeling even lucky. She has not only coped, but has transcended her difficulties. I am proud to say that she was on the Dean’s List (Figure 1) at Gallaudet University. Ultimately, her hope lies in our fields’ efforts to develop a vaccine to prevent CMV disease in other children. View Full-Text

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