Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, January 5th, 2010
In experiments in human and mouse cells, the flu-fighting proteins prevented or slowed most virus particles from infecting cells at the earliest stage in the virus lifecycle. The anti-viral action happens sometime after the virus attaches itself to the cell and before it delivers its pathogenic cargo.
"We've uncovered the first-line defense in how our bodies fight the flu virus," said Stephen Elledge, the Gregor Mendel professor of genetics and of...
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