Virus uses ‘stolen’ CRISPR to hack its host’s immune system

Posted by on June 14, 2016 3:40 pm
Categories: health

Microbiologists have discovered that the Cyanophage N1 virus carries a DNA sequence — a CRISPR — that is generally used by bacteria to fight off viral infection. The virus appears to use the stolen bits of immune system DNA to highjack their hosts’ immune response.

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