A new method uses fluorescent proteins to highlight virus-infected cells and shows which proteins are affected
Michael Schubert |
Viruses are among a cell’s tiniest predators – and for a long time, their size and biology have kept them a mystery to observing microbiologists. But what if we had an easy way to identify not only which cells were infected, but also which proteins were affected by the virus? That’s precisely what Jens-Ola Ekström, Dan Hultmark, and their colleagues at Umeå University have developed with a new system called Munin (1). So far, they’ve used their new method to observe picornavirus infections in fruit flies – but the potential goes far beyond that.
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