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New research finds that viruses may have 'eyes and ears' on us


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New UMBC-led research in Frontiers in Microbiology suggests that viruses are using information from their environment to "decide" when to sit tight inside their hosts and when to multiply and burst out, killing the host cell. The work has implications for antiviral drug development.

A virus's ability to sense its environment, including elements produced by its host, adds "another layer of complexity to the viral-host interaction," says Ivan Erill, professor of biological sciences and senior author on the new paper. Right now, viruses are exploiting that ability to their benefit. But in the future, he says, "we could exploit it to their detriment."

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-viruses-eyes-ears.html

Some microbes lie in wait until their hosts unknowingly give them the signal to start multiplying and kill them

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-microbes-hosts-unknowingly.html

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New UMBC-led research in Frontiers in Microbiology suggests that viruses are using information from their environment to "decide" when to sit tight inside their hosts and when to multiply and burst out, killing the host cell. The work has implications for antiviral drug development.

A virus's ability to sense its environment, including elements produced by its host, adds "another layer of complexity to the viral-host interaction," says Ivan Erill, professor of biological sciences and senior author on the new paper. Right now, viruses are exploiting that ability to their benefit. But in the future, he says, "we could exploit it to their detriment."

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-viruses-eyes-ears.html

Some microbes lie in wait until their hosts unknowingly give them the signal to start multiplying and kill them

https://phys.org/news/2022-09-microbes-hosts-unknowingly.html

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