Common lung infection suffocates with single protein

Respiratory syncytial virus creates clumps of dead, bloblike lung cells

By Beth Mole, 12:13 PM April 8, 2014

With one protein, a common infection in young children caused by respiratory syncytial virus shoves dying lung cells into the airway, where they can create killer clogs.

The blockages are a hallmark of RSV infections, which cause lower airway disease in 34 million infants and young children worldwide annually, resulting in approximately 200,000 deaths. But until now, scientists didn't know exactly how the virus blocked breathing.

Using human lung cells growing in the lab, Raymond Pickles of the...

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