Powerful new genetic screening tool uses pathogens to probe infectious process

As many as 2,800 genes may help shape interactions between human cells and influenza virus over the course of an infection, but scientists have so far identified only around a quarter of them. This leaves much of the infectious process shrouded in obscurity, posing a challenge to researchers on the hunt for better antiviral treatments.

Now, using the gene editing technology CRISPR-Cas9, a team at the University of Wisconsin–Madison has developed a new tool for ferreting out these obscured genes that the influenza A virus exploits for its own replication.

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