NPR - "Scientists Try To Thwart Flu Virus By Resetting Its Clock"
A study in Cell Reports describes how researchers tapped into the flu's internal clock as they search for ways to keep the virus from spreading. Flu viruses hijack the machinery inside host cells to replicate. The theft is a complicated process that takes time. A virus enters the nucleus of the cell, copies itself thousands of times and then breaks out before the immune system attacks. Every minute counts. "I like to equate it to a bank robber who knows that no matter what he does, he's going to set off some alarm," says Dr. Benjamin tenOever, a virologist at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai who led the research. "In anticipation of that, he times what the police response is to get from the station to the bank." Learn more