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Studying virus is the key to figuring out how to fight infectious diseases

Scientists are now studying a virus which thrives in extremely hot weather. The reason they are doing this is because they hope it will help them find better methods of fighting various infectious diseases.

These extremophiles have been fascinating biologists for countless years now. These organisms can basically survive in environments which are extremely basic or acidic. They don’t require any oxygen to grow and obviously can survive in extremely hot temperatures as well. One example of such organisms is the rod-shaped SIRV2 virus. It can survive in high temperatures and it has been the subject of multiple studies for a while now. One of the applications of this virus is in the creation of artificial derivatives called affitins & now another application is related to preventing infectious agents from taking over the human body.

Edward H. Egelman of the UVA Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics said that it was both bizarre and fascinating how DNA and proteins may be used in a safe way in the harshest possible circumstances. He believes that understanding this organism is going to help advance research in a number of new directions.

SIRV2 can live in temperatures past 80 degrees Celsius (175 degrees Fahrenheit) found in acidic scorching springs. Understanding how it can do so is what will help you understand how these agents can resist the protective systems of our body.

There are certain spores which can cause some horrific sicknesses like anthrax. Also, spores are created by C. difficile which accounts for close to 30,000 deaths in the United States every year. This research is the first step in understanding how to destroy these organisms.

It appears that the key to survival of this SIRV2 is somewhere in its DNA. Researcher’s studied the virus with the help of UVA’s new electron microscope called Titan Kris. This is the most flexible and powerful high resolution electron microscope available for characterization of biological samples in 2D or 3D.

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