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This week’s Picture of the Week summarises the excitement and joy Nikenza Viceconte from the Kosinski Group at EMBL Hamburg experiences while looking at the picture she captured with a new instrument. Nikenza was the first at EMBL Hamburg to perform super-resolution microscopy in the brand new light microscopy facility. Using the new light microscope, she managed to visualise the influenza A virus at the periphery of a cell’s nucleus.
Influenza is a major infectious disease, but despite its common occurrence there remain many things about the virus that we still need to understand at the molecular level. Nikenza and the rest of her group try to understand how the virus is exported from the nucleus of a cell. This will help us to better understand the whole viral infection cycle.
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To study the effect of commonly used drugs on bacterial envelopes, EMBL scientists applied a biochemical assay using a colour reaction. The deeper the red, the stronger the disruptive effect of the drug.