Coronaviruses mimic immune proteins and hide in plain sight

New study finds coronaviruses are masters of mimicry, reproducing their host’s immune proteins to remain invisible and help promote infection. Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a VERO E6 cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-COV-2 virus particles (orange). Image credit: NIAID Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and in nature, it also serves a practical […]

Coronaviruses are masters of mimicry, new study finds

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID Coronaviruses are adept at imitating human immune proteins that have been implicated in severe COVID-19 disease, a study from researchers […]