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Influenza

Three cells, each looking like a face.

Three little ghosts

Despite their ghostly appearance, these are very real cell nuclei infected with Influenza A virus – the only influenza virus known to cause…

By Ivy Kupec

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The Influenza virus

Understanding the influenza virus

The infectious disease commonly known as flu is caused by the influenza virus. It spreads around the world in seasonal outbreaks, causing millions of…

By Fabian Oswald

Science

Influenza polymerase (light cyan) in the process of synthesising messenger RNA (slate blue).

Paving the way for new flu drugs

Snapshots of the flu virus replication machine in…

By Mathias Jäger

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Mutations at the amino acid shown in orange (isoleucine 38) lead to reduced susceptibility to the drug. IMAGE - Stephen Cusack, EMBL

Flu’s response to new drug explored

EMBL scientists investigate how influenza virus responds to new drug…

By Iris Kruijen

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Different inhibitors (yellow, grey) fill the cave-like active site of the cap-snatching protein (the endonuclease, in green) differently, even though they all bind to the active site’s two metal ions (magenta).

Catching the cap-snatcher

Researchers at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Grenoble, France, have determined the detailed 3-dimensional structure of part of…

By Guest author(s)

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Flu fighters

Savira pharmaceuticals GmbH, a spin-off of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) based in Vienna, Austria, has signed a collaboration and…

By Guest author(s)

Science

The Carl-Ivar Brändén Building houses the international Unit for Virus and Host Cell Interactions on the Polygone Scientifique Campus in Grenoble.

New interdisciplinary structural biology centre for virus research and technology platforms

On June 26 2009 the joint international Unit for Virus and Host Cell Interactions (Unité Mixte Internationale) was formally established in Grenoble.…

By Guest author(s)

Lab Matters

High resolution image of the key domain of the influenza virus polymerase. The active site responsible for RNA cleavage is shown in red. Its activity is crucial for the virus to multiply in human cells

New findings reveal how influenza virus hijacks human cells

Influenza is and remains a disease to reckon with. Seasonal epidemics around the world kill several hundred thousand people every year. In the light…

By Guest author(s)

Science

Re-write the textbooks: transcription is bidirectional

Genes that contain instructions for making proteins make up less than 2% of the human genome. Yet, for unknown reasons, most of our genome is…

By Guest author(s)

Science

A first glimpse of the influenza replication machine

In 1918, 50 million people died during a worldwide influenza pandemic caused by mutation of a bird-specific strain of the influenza virus. Recently…

By Guest author(s)

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