A lateral thinking approach to the modus operandi of viruses may provide a powerful tool in halting their spread.

Viruses are easily one of the most successful forms of pathogen. They’re simple, efficacious and relentlessly single minded – often posing conundrums to those who seek to treat them.

However the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Weill Cornell Medical College have designed artificial decoy cells which successfully masquerade as the very cells which the viruses are engineered to attack and proliferate within. The means by which the viruses usually attack the cells are the typically ruthless methods appropriate to henipaviruses class of virus, however each virus only gets one shot to infect a cell.

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