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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

Science

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

Science

Bigger, better, faster

The molecular machine that makes essential components of ribosomes – the cell’s protein factories – is like a Swiss-army knife, researchers at…

By Guest author(s)

Science

New study reveals the protein that makes phosphate chains in yeast

It can be found in all life forms, and serves a multitude of purposes, from energy storage to stress response to bone calcification. This molecular…

By Guest author(s)

Science

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

Getting wise to the influenza virus’ tricks

Influenza is currently a grave concern for governments and health organisations around the world. Now one of the tactics used by influenza virus to…

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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