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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Scientists explore luring viruses to their death

Scientists at the University of Massachusetts Medical School are exploring a way to wipe out viruses by luring them to their destruction, like mice to mousetraps.

The mousetraps in this case are red blood cells. If a virus ends up inside a red blood cell, there are no genes it can hijack to replicate itself.

"It occurred to us that if a virus bound to a red blood cell, that was a dead end," Dr. Robert W. Finberg says in a story in today's New York Times.

Posted by Elizabeth Cooney at 09:18 AM
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