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Published on Dec 7, 2015
How can you fight something you can't see? Viruses like influenza spread so effectively, and as a result can be so deadly, because of their ability to spontaneously self-assemble in large numbers. If researchers can understand how viruses assemble, they may be able to design drugs that prevent them from forming in the first place.
Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have engineered a new way to observe and track viruses as they assemble using fiberoptic cables. This new method may spot weaknesses in viruses that drug makers can exploit.