Mutant protein sheds lights on viral propagation

March 31, 2017

Some genetic mutations can cause a virus to flourish. Others make the virus wither away, unable to function normally and reproduce. Yet other genetic mutations only show their hand under certain conditions.

Previous scientific studies had revealed the existence of a temperature-sensitive mutation. The Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute team was the first to show how the mutation might cause the virus’s temperature sensitivity.

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