Emerman, Malik study uncovers ability of some HIV-related viruses to defeat primate cellular-defense system SAMHD1 protein
Feb. 6, 2012
Using a combination of evolutionary biology and virology, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center scientists have traced the birth of the ability of some HIV-related viruses to defeat a newly discovered cellular-defense system in primates.
Identifying protein locked in conflict with immunity gene could lead to novel ways to tackle diseases caused by alphaviruses
Jan. 28, 2008
| By Kristen Woodward
Rapid evolution of a protein produced by an immunity gene is associated with increased antiviral activity in humans. The finding, by Dr. Julie Kerns, a postdoctoral researcher in the Basic Sciences Division of Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, suggests that evolutionary biology and virology together can accelerate the discovery of viral-defense mechanisms.