Coronaviruses may achieve their pathogenic edge by triggering programmed cell death

(American Association for the Advancement of Science) A new study using cells, transgenic mouse models, and cultured human lung tissue provides evidence that the ability to trigger programmed cell death (apoptosis) may enable highly pathogenic coronaviruses to spread within their hosts so successfully. Targeting this process may reduce the severity of coronavirus diseases, the study goes on to show.
Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases - Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news