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A team from Australia, the US, and Singapore describes a crucial role for the host enzyme fibrillarin during infection by henipaviruses such as the Hendra virus or Nipah virus — bat-borne viruses that are studied in level 4 biosafety facilities due to their pathogenicity. As they report in PLOS Pathogens, the researchers used a genome-wide small interfering RNA screen to search for genetic vulnerabilities in human cells infected by henipavirus.

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