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Bluetongue Virus Uses Unique Viral Enzymes to Replicate

23 September 2008

UK - Scientists at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have revealed that bluetongue virus (BTV) uses unique viral enzymes to replicate, which is key to the establishment of infection.

This understanding is significant because it may help scientists develop antiviral therapies to treat many human pathogens.

“Replication of the viral genome is the ‘heart’ of a virus. It is the key process that allows establishment of infection.

Understanding the fundamental processes of how bluetongue virus initiates and sustains infection will help us determine the best way to prevent and control bluetongue disease,” said Professor Polly Roy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Source: Newspost Online


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