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From Hot Springs to HIV, Same Protein Complexes Are Hijacked to Promote Viruses
June 10, 2013
Biologists at Indiana University and Montana State University have discovered a striking connection between viruses such as HIV and Ebola and viruses that infect organisms called archaea that grow in volcanic hot springs. Despite the huge difference in environments and a 2 billion year evolutionary time span between archaea and humans, the viruses hijack the same set of proteins to break out of infected cells.
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