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September 3, 2004

BehindTheMedspeak: Invasion of the T4 Virus - a real-life horror film

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Michael Rossman and colleagues have combined thousands of ultra-high resolution images of the T4 virus to create a movie of the virus as it actually attacks and infects its host.

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Writing in the current issue of the journal Cell, the scientists describe how the virus alters its shape as it latches on to its host E. Coli bacterium with its legs, preparing to inject its infectious load into the body of the bacterium.

Rossman's website has six movies of things happening at the viral level: most fascinating.

This is the kind of work I like to see my tax dollars doing.

September 3, 2004 at 06:01 AM | Permalink


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