Viruses are the masters of trickery. They mimic, manipulate and usurp cellular functions, but always with an interesting twist. γ-herpesvirus genomes encode an abundance of homologues of cellular factors, including cyclin and Bcl-2. These viral homologues differ from their cellular counterparts in that the viral proteins have gained new functions and eliminated others to harness the cell and benefit the virus.
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- Cell Biology