„They are mistakenly seen as a companion only to the cold months (…) Some cause harmless infections, others are a deadly threat,” these words begin the documentary series „Virus Hunting”, which takes a closer look at the achievements of scientists working on the front lines of the fight against viral diseases. The first episode of the series featured Dr. Magdalena Weidner-Glunde, head of the Laboratory of Molecular Microbiology and Virology at our Institute, and Mamata Savanagouder, a PhD student in her team.
Dr. Weidner-Glunde explains what the virus is and why cytomegalovirus research is being conducted at the Institute.
The virus is the kind of package that is supposed to reach the cell and allow the virus to multiply there. This package on the outside has a protein envelope, the so-called capsid, which protects the genome inside. Once inside the cell, this genome is released and allows the virus to replicate, multiply and create new viral particles. – Dr. Weidner-Glunde explains in the episode.
Cytomegalovirus in most cases in healthy people does not cause major problems or strong symptoms, possibly mild cold symptoms. It becomes a problem if the infection occurs in a pregnant woman, because the most common result is partial or total hearing loss in the fetus, later in the newborn. In addition, the problem is that in many cases children are born healthy and only lose their hearing after some time. – she adds.
We encourage you to watch the first episode of the series „Virus Hunting”.