By imaging live cells, researchers show how hepatitis C replicates

Monday, December 29, 2008 - 12:41 in Biology & Nature

The hepatitis C virus is a prolific replicator, able to produce up to a trillion particles per day in an infected person. By using live imaging, researchers now know how. Their research shows that within an infected cell, the virus uses a combination of big viral factories and tiny, mobile replication complexes to efficiently churn out copies.

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