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VIROLOGY: The X Files--One Step Closer to Closure

Access to the article is free, however registration and sign-in are required. There may be drugs and a useful vaccine available to combat the hepatitis B virus, but one aspect of this pathogen remains a puzzle: the function of its HBx protein. As Ganem reveals in his Perspective, new findings (Bouchard et al.) show that this versatile viral protein is an activator of calcium-dependent Ras signaling, an observation that may explain many of its biological effects.

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Resource Type: Journal article/Issue, Diagram, Review
Audience Level: High school upper division 11-12, Undergraduate lower division 13-14, Undergraduate upper division 15-16, Graduate

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Authors and Editors: Don Ganem of Departments of Medicine and Microbiology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Publisher: AAAS
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