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High-res snapshot of chikungunya virus may lead to drugs, vaccines
eMediNexus,  10 June 2019
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Scientists have snapped high-resolution pictures of the chikungunya virus latched onto a protein found on the surface of cells in the joints, an advance that may pave the way for new treatments against the infection.

Most people who become infected with chikungunya virus develop fever and joint pain that last about a week. A team at Washington University in the US snapped images of chikungunya virus latched onto a protein found on the surface of cells in the joints. The structures, published in the journal Cell, shows in atomic-level detail how the virus and cell-surface protein fit together – data that promises to accelerate efforts to design drugs and vaccines to prevent or treat arthritis caused by chikungunya or related viruses…(The Indian Express – PTI, June 8, 2019)

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