Using CRISPR Technology To Study Autophagy And How Viruses Use Stress-Induced Pathways
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Emma Abernathy is a Postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University and virologist with 9 years of research experience, focusing on host-virus interactions. She is broadly interested in antiviral drug discovery, vaccine development, engineering viral vectors for gene delivery, and basic infectious disease research.

                       

Using CRISPR Technology To Study Autophagy And How Viruses Use Stress-Induced Pathways

All cells have ways of conserving energy during times of stress. One strategy is to reuse larger or older cellular structures by encasing them in membranes and breaking them back down into building blocks. This process is termed “autophagy,” which is Greek for “self-eating.” Autophagy occurs in every organism from yeast to humans and is crucial for energy conservation as well as protection from diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration, that are caused by aberrant signaling or other molecules...

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