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One protein, many functions

The Lassa virus nucleoprotein coats the viral genome to make a template for RNA synthesis. A study shows that it also binds the 'cap' structure of cellular messenger RNAs and directs immune evasion using a novel mechanism. See Article p.779

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Figure 1: Phylogeny of nsRNA viruses.

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Rey, F. One protein, many functions. Nature 468, 773–775 (2010). https://doi.org/10.1038/468773a

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