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How viruses hijack a host's energy supply

03:50 EDT 6 Jun 2017 | Physorg.COM

Viruses occupy a strange no-man's-land between the living and the nonliving. In order to reproduce, they must infect a living host and hijack its resources. But while it is understood that this parasitic relationship can lead to disease and death, few quantitative studies have examined the energetic cost of viral infections relative to the host's energy economy.

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