Editor’s Selections: How Plasmodium changes its spots, the big picture of RNA virus evolution, and ribosome-assisted protein unfolding

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By Vincent Racaniello

Vincent RacanielloVincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He unravels viruses at virology blog.

<img title=”Vincent Racaniello” src=”http://researchblogging.org/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/08/smallvincent.jpg” alt=”Vincent Racaniello” width=”47″ height=”47″ />Vincent Racaniello selects several notable posts each week from molecular and cellular biology and virology. He writes about viruses at <a href=”http://www.virology.ws” target=”_blank”>virology blog</a>.
  • Malaria would not kill 3 million people a year if it let the immune system clear it. The parasite carries about 60 different versions of a protein called PfEMP1 that is on the surface of infected red blood cells. The idea that only one version of the protein is present at any given time may be incorrect.
  • Viral evolution is understood as the process by which mutations arise during replication which are the substrates of natural selection. But how do viruses change on a larger scale – over thousands of years – and how and when do new viruses emerge?
  • We all know that ribosomes make proteins. To be functional,the nascent protein must fold correctly. The ribosome also takes care of that.

I’ll be back next Friday with more selections.

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