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Carnegie Mellon Biophysicist Obtains First Experimental Evidence of Pressure Inside the Herpes Virus


July 24, 2013

herpes simplex virus type 1 infecting a cell Scientists have long suspected that herpes viruses were packaged so full of genetic material that they built up an internal pressure so strong it could shoot viral DNA into a host cell during infection. Now, Carnegie Mellon University and University of Pittsburgh researchers have measured for the first time, the pressure inside human herpes simplex virus 1. The study, published online in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, establishes a new target for antiviral therapies. Full Story

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