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The sweetest candy for the virus

For some viruses, the first step in infecting cells is to latch onto sugars on the cell membrane. The chemical basis of this virus-host recognition process has been identified using an NMR spectroscopic technique.

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Figure 1: Viral recognition of an antigen.

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Frank, A., Kessler, H. The sweetest candy for the virus. Nature 452, 822–823 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/452822a

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