Teaching an Old Virus New Tricks: A Review on New Approaches to Study Age-Old Questions in Influenza Biology

Seema S. Lakdawala, Nara Lee, Christopher B. Brooke

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Influenza viruses have been studied for over 80 years, yet much about the basic viral lifecycle remain unknown. However, new imaging, biochemical, and sequencing techniques have revealed significant insight into many age-old questions of influenza virus biology. In this review, we will cover the role of imaging techniques to describe unique aspects of influenza virus assembly, biochemical techniques to study viral genomic organization, and next-generation sequencing to explore influenza genomic evolution. Our goal is to provide a brief overview of how emerging techniques are being used to answer basic questions about influenza viruses. This is not a comprehensive list of emerging techniques, rather ones that we feel will continue to make significant contributions to field of influenza biology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4247-4258
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Molecular Biology
Issue number21
StatePublished - Oct 4 2019



  • RNA–RNA interactions
  • RNA–protein interactions
  • influenza virus
  • microscopy
  • next-generation sequencing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology
  • Molecular Biology

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