COOL IMAGES: Lights, Camera, Infection

Science  03 Sep 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5433, pp. 1455a
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5433.1455a

In a herpes filmfest created by scientific illustrator Karin Christensen for virologist Ed Wagner's classes at the University of California, Irvine, five animations depict a typical virus lifestyle: locking onto cell receptor proteins, inserting DNA into a cell's genome, then hijacking the cell's protein machinery to replicate and crank out new viral particles. Follow the link to Wagner's home page for a tutorial on the wily herpes simplex, which can surreptitiously entwine its genome with that of neural cells, lie low, then break out again months or years later.

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