Viruses disguise themselves as ‘human’

Scientists have revealed the structure of human-like proteins produced by viruses to fool our immune system.

Researchers at Monash University and the University of Melbourne used imaging techniques to work out the general structural form of one of the two known families of “fake” human proteins produced by viruses.

These deceptive proteins trick our cells by interfering with our immune system’s ability to recognise them as foreign.

The research is a significant move towards producing improved therapies to fight viral disease.

Read more at Monash University