- Nov 30, 2008
- Reaction score
- Cyprus and Greece
- Hive Type
I don't think so (though I've yet to read the original manuscript) ... the viruses they mention all replicate in a similar manner. They control (actually shut down) the host cell protein synthesis by cleaving part of the translation machinery of the cell that is unnecessary for translation of the virus proteins. In this way, more viruses are made in a cell that is essentially dying. Poliovirus is the prototype picornavirus (related to the two mentioned in the BBC article) and its replication is extremely well understood.I think it is the other way around.
Poison causing parts of the DNA to shut down and stop protein synthesis.so allowing a virus to take hold.