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HIV and ‘hot spring’ virus hijack same protein

There’s a surprising connection between HIV, Ebola, and viruses that infect organisms called archaea that grow in volcanic hot springs.

The viruses hijack the same set of proteins to break out of infected cells, new research shows.

In eukaryotes—the group that includes plants and animals—and in archaea—tiny organisms with no defined nucleus in their cellular construction—viruses co-opt a group of important protein complexes known as ESCRT.

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