Monday, January 10, 2011

Herpes Virus' Tactical Maneuver Visualized By Researchers

The Bright Side (Sunny Side!) of a 3D Image of the Herpes Virus

A team of researchers from the University of Manchester has recently used nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) imaging to produce 3D images of the herpes virus interacting with mammalian cell proteins (mice and human).  By studying these images, scientists are already elucidating the mechanisms by which the herpes virus commandeers our cells' machinery and causes infection.  Now, with a better understanding of the exact behavior of the herpes virus, the team of researchers can begin to develop strategies and techniques to prevent the viral infection, transcription, translation, and replication.

Nancy Mendoza
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council


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