Scientists discover way to track, stop ag viruses

Discovery has broad-ranging applications in stopping viral outbreaks like hepatitis C and several viruses in plants and animals.

Viruses are molecular thieves that take from their hosts under the cloak of darkness. However, a Virginia Tech scientist has now found a way to not only track viral hijackers but also potentially stop them from replicating.

The discovery has broad-ranging applications in stopping viral outbreaks such as hepatitis C in people and a number of viruses in plants and animals because it applies to many viruses in the largest category of viral classes: positive-strand RNA viruses.

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