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Scientists Win Race To Find Structure Of Rare Nematode Virus
2014-08-21 03:46:27

Rice University Rice University scientists have won a race to find the crystal structure of the first virus known to infect the most abundant animal on Earth. The Rice labs of structural biologist Yizhi Jane Tao and geneticist Weiwei Zhong, with help from researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and Washington University, analyzed the Orsay virus that naturally infects a certain type of nematode, the worms that make up 80 percent of the living animal population. The research...

2013-06-19 11:07:17

New simulations help scientists understand how –and why – viruses spread It´s not a hacker lab. At Brandeis University, sophisticated computational models and advances in graphical processing units are helping scientists understand the complex interplay between genomic data, virus structure and the formation of the virus´ outer “shell” – critical for replication. “We hope that some of what we are finding will help researchers alter virus...

2013-05-23 13:10:00

Radically different viruses share genes and are likely to share ancestry, according to research published in BioMed Central's open access journal Virology Journal this week. The comprehensive phylogenomic analysis compares giant viruses that infect amoeba with tiny viruses known as virophages and to several groups of transposable elements. The complex network of evolutionary relationships the authors describe suggests that viruses evolved from non-viral mobile genetic elements and vice versa,...

2012-10-10 10:27:08

“Molecular sled” carries viral enzyme along DNA to find and interact with targets; findings suggest mechanism may be universal Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy´s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, with collaborators from Harvard University, the University of Madrid, Princeton University, and the University of Zurich, have discovered a new mechanism that may alter principle understandings of molecular interactions within a cell´s nucleus. The discovery...


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