Monday, June 20, 2016

BacterioFiles 256 - Virus Versus Virus

This episode: Viruses can cause host cells to inhibit other viruses!
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Show notes:
Journal Paper:
Chiba S, Suzuki N. 2015. Highly activated RNA silencing via strong induction of dicer by one virus can interfere with the replication of an unrelated virus. Proc Natl Acad Sci 112:E4911–E4918.

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