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Image of a virus caught in the act

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A dramatic image of a virus replicating and spreading through cells, destroying them as it goes, has been captured by University of Sydney researchers.

As featured in the prestigious Cell magazine as part of their Cell Picture Show the technique used to create the image also helps calculate the level of infectious virus present in cells.

"The image shows vaccinia virus, the live-virus vaccine used to eradicate smallpox, spreading from a single infected cell through an entire layer of monkey kidney cells," said Dr Timothy Newsome. Dr Newsome and Dean Procter, a PhD student from his laboratory at the University's School of Molecular Bioscience, collaborated with colleagues from the Australian National University to create the image.

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