First Science, Oct. 29, 2009

UTMB researchers have uncovered what they believe could be the major factor contributing to the SARS virus' virulence: The pathogen's use of a single viral protein to weaken host cell defenses by launching a "two-pronged" attack on cellular protein-synthesis machinery. Shinji Makino is senior author of a paper on the discovery appearing in Nature Structure and Molecular Biology. An article on the findings also appears in Infection Control Today.