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2-pronged protein attack could be source of SARS virulence

First Science, Oct. 29, 2009

UTMB researchers have uncovered what they believe could be the major factor contributing to the SARS virus' virulence: The pathogen's use of a single viral protein to weaken host cell defenses by launching a "two-pronged" attack on cellular protein-synthesis machinery. Shinji Makino is senior author of a paper on the discovery appearing in Nature Structure and Molecular Biology. An article on the findings also appears in Infection Control Today.

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