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Contact: Daniel Oppenheimer
University of Texas at Austin

Fighting the Viral Wars

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Caption: Using Legos and toy soldiers, biologist Chris Sullivan explains the concept of viral latency, which is a mechanism that certain viruses, including herpes and HIV, have evolved to hide from the host immune response. It's this ability to hide away in a "latent reservoir" that makes it so difficult to to cure these diseases.

Credit: Produced by Daniel Oppenheimer

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