Even if a cell is bombarded with many different herpes viruses, only a limited number of those viruses are expressed once the cell is blown up. Many types can go in, but only a few types come out. Why?
In their paper in mBio this week, Kobiler et al. explain that it's because the replication compartments herpes viruses create within an infected cell are like little private rooms: each one only contains one kind of viral genome. Using mixtures of isogenic pseudorabies viruses that express three different fluorescent proteins, the authors determined that each replication compartment probably initiates from a single incoming viral genome.
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