Scientists find new metabolic pathways to resist viruses
from Infection Control Today
Viral infection is one of the leading medical challenges of the 21st century, ranging from the hepatitis C virus epidemic affecting 3 percent of the global population, to recent outbreaks of West Nile, Zika and Ebola viruses. Viruses are parasites that lack the basic metabolic machinery needed to replicate. To get around this problem, they hijack the metabolic machinery of their hosts in order to complete their lifecycle and propagate. However, scientists still don't have a good understanding of the metabolic interplay between viruses and the organisms they infect. This is mainly due to the complex interplay between human genes and metabolic processes.
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