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Diagnostics Microscopy and imaging, Microbiology and immunology, Biochemistry and molecular biology, Genetics and epigenetics, Omics

Virus Vision

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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Michael Schubert

While obtaining degrees in biology from the University of Alberta and biochemistry from Penn State College of Medicine, I worked as a freelance science and medical writer. I was able to hone my skills in research, presentation and scientific writing by assembling grants and journal articles, speaking at international conferences, and consulting on topics ranging from medical education to comic book science. As much as I’ve enjoyed designing new bacteria and plausible superheroes, though, I’m more pleased than ever to be at Texere, using my writing and editing skills to create great content for a professional audience.

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