Researchers can program a CRISPR enzyme to kill viruses in human cells

Researchers have turned a CRISPR enzyme into an antiviral that can be programmed to detect and destroy RNA-based viruses in human cells.

Karen Zusi | Oct. 10, 2019 | harvard
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First video of viruses assembling released

For the first time, Harvard researchers have captured images of individual viruses forming, offering a real-time view into the kinetics of viral assembly.

Leah Burrows | Oct. 2, 2019 | harvard
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Harvard scientists uncover key allowing deadly viruses to replicate

Scientists uncover a key mechanism that allows some of the deadliest human RNA viruses to replicate, and it resides in the tail end of the viruses. The findings identify new targets to inhibit viral replication and may inform the development of a new class of antiviral drugs.

Ekaterina Pesheva | May 17, 2019 | harvard
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