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Infection with the common cold virus: scientists reveal new insights

The common cold virus (rhinovirus) is a tiny, almost round particle, containing the tightly packed genetic material surrounded by a protein shell (the virus capsid). Details on how the RNA is prepped to exit the capsid and effectively infect us have now been provided by scientists from the Max F. Perutz Laboratories in collaboration with groups at the Universities of Barcelona and Madrid. The study has been published in the prestigious journal PNAS.

The researchers investigated how the structure of one of the common cold virus types changes upon infection with the host cell, leading to the release of the RNA and its duplication.

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