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    An interbacterial DNA deaminase toxin directly mutagenizes surviving target populations

    Marcos H de Moraes et al.
    Interbacterial interactions can promote mutagenesis, and possibly adaptation, when intoxicated cells survive exposure to type VI secretion-delivered DNA deaminase toxins.
    1. Genetics and Genomics
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    Bacterial Warfare: Toxins, mutations and adaptations

    Maarten De Jong, Neal M Alto
    The toxins that some bacteria secrete to kill off rival species can also generate mutations that help toxin-resistant populations adapt to new environments.
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    The Spike D614G mutation increases SARS-CoV-2 infection of multiple human cell types

    Zharko Daniloski et al.
    A pervasive mutation in the Spike protein of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 results in virions that are up to eightfold more infectious.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
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    Virus infection of the CNS disrupts the immune-neural-synaptic axis via induction of pleiotropic gene regulation of host responses

    Olga A Maximova et al.
    Virus infection of the central nervous system disrupts the homeostasis of the immune-neural-synaptic axis via induction of pleiotropic genes with an unintended off-target negative impact on the neurotransmission.
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    A pentameric protein ring with novel architecture is required for herpesviral packaging

    Allison L Didychuk et al.
    The first structures of Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpesvirus ORF68 and Epstein–Barr virus BFLF1, conserved and essential proteins required in herpesviruses, reveal new insights into viral genome packaging.
    1. Immunology and Inflammation
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    A paucigranulocytic asthma host environment promotes the emergence of virulent influenza viral variants

    Katina D Hulme et al.
    Patients with paucigranulocytic asthma may be more susceptible to severe influenza and could potentially be source of new, more virulent, influenza virus variants.