Neutralizing a bio-terrorist threat
Identifying genetic targets
The team plans to take a closer look at EGR1’s role in programmed cell death after VEEV infection, hoping to uncover which other genes may be involved. Their goal is the identification of potential targets where drugs could stop the chain of apoptosis before the disease progresses too far, leading to VEEV’s hallmark neurological deficits. “Those findings may also provide new insights on Zika, Dengue or other more prevalent viral diseases that are related to VEEV and could have a real impact on how we treat these diseases in the future…I think that can save lives,” says Dinman.
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