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Tiny Protein Offers Major Insight Into FMD Virus

5 October 2017, at 12:00am

UK - Scientists have identified that a tiny protein, which plays a major role in the replication of foot-and-mouth disease virus, demonstrates a greater level of genetic economy than previously reported.

Lead researcher Professor Nicola Stonehouse, from the University of Leeds' Faculty of Biological Sciences, said: "Sometimes it's the little things that can make the big differences.

"By understanding the role of this tiny viral protein in the replication of foot-and-mouth disease virus, we're hoping to find more effective vaccines that fight the disease."

Researchers from the University of Leeds and The Pirbright Institute identified a new role for a small viral protein - called 3B3 - revealing how these viruses can copy themselves efficiently.

Foot-and-mouth disease is of great economic importance and their findings could lead to the development of more effective vaccines against the disease in the future.

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