Bacterial Host Response is Key to Severity of Viral Infection

The Science

Bacteria have a major impact on natural ecosystems, human health, disease progression and industrial processes using bacterial cultures, but viruses that infect bacteria can The ϕ38:1 virus represents the fourth most abundant viral group in oceans.influence all of these systems. A recent study revealed how viruses that are common in the environment can efficiently infect some bacterial cells but not others.

The Impact

A better understanding of how host cells control viral infection could be invaluable for modeling virus-host interaction ecology, as well as for designing virus cocktails to fight pathogens.

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