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  • Team learns how cellular protein detects viruses, sparks immune response

    A team led by Illinois physics professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Taekjip Ha, left, with Sua Myong, a professor at the U. of I.'s Institute for Genomic Biology, discovered how the RIG-I protein detects an invading virus and sends out an alarm to other cellular components.

    A team led by Illinois physics professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Taekjip Ha, left, with Sua Myong, a professor at the U. of I.'s Institute for Genomic Biology, discovered how the RIG-I protein detects an invading virus and sends out an alarm to other cellular components.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      A team led by Illinois physics professor and Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator Taekjip Ha, left, with Sua Myong, a professor at the U. of I.'s Institute for Genomic Biology, discovered how the RIG-I protein detects an invading virus and sends out an alarm to other cellular components.

      Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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      View a video of how RIG-I distinguishes between viral RNA and self (or cellular) RNA.

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