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Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their – reproduction – to the host they infect. But it turns out this highly also creates vulnerability.

Influenza A Infection in Cell Culture
To test which virus-fighting proteins could interfere with the spread of an infection, the researchers introduced immune genes individually into cells, before infecting them with Influenza A. Above, all cells’ nuclei appear in blue, infected cells in green.
Credit: Rockefeller University/Laboratory of Virology and Infectious Disease


Rockefeller University