On episode #265 of the science show This Week in Virology, the TWiV team reviews ten compelling virology stories from 2013. You can find TWiV #265 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.
On episode #242 of the science show This Week in Virology, the complete TWiV team talks about how two different viruses shape the evolution of an essential housekeeping protein. You can find TWiV #242 at www.microbe.tv/twiv.
Viruses are obligate intracellular parasites: they must enter a cell to reproduce. To gain access to the cell interior, a virus must first bind to one or more specific receptor molecules on the cell surface. Cell receptors for viruses do not exist only to serve viruses: they also have cellular functions. An example is the transferrin …