Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell's own machinery
from Rockefeller University via Infection Control Today
Viruses are masters of outsourcing, entrusting their fundamental function — reproduction — to the host cells they infect. But it turns out this highly economical approach also creates vulnerability. Researchers at Rockefeller University and their collaborators have found an unexpected way the immune system exploits the flu virus' dependence on its host's machinery to create new viruses capable of spreading infection.
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