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Viruses Target Super-Short Protein Motifs to Disrupt Host Biology
Only recently appreciated as critical components of cellular functions, unstructured stretches of amino acids called SLiMs are key to viral-host interactions.
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Viruses Target Super-Short Protein Motifs to Disrupt Host Biology
Viruses Target Super-Short Protein Motifs to Disrupt Host Biology

Only recently appreciated as critical components of cellular functions, unstructured stretches of amino acids called SLiMs are key to viral-host interactions.

Only recently appreciated as critical components of cellular functions, unstructured stretches of amino acids called SLiMs are key to viral-host interactions.

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