Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, April 13th, 2004
When viruses infect the cells in our bodies, the cells respond by producing a substance called interferon, which blocks the growth of the virus and thus helps reduce the spread of infection. However, many viruses specifically produce products that prevent interferon from working properly.
"It is like a chess game with moves and counter moves. We have evolved strategies to ward off attacks by viruses and the...
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