Researchers have identified a protein that forms a protective ring around the RNA of Schmallenberg virus, and they think it could be a target for antiviral compounds. Schmallenberg, a virus that causes little harm to adult sheep, goats and cattle but results in stillbirths and deformities in offspring, spread from Germany through some 5,000 farms across Europe in less than two years with no signs of stopping. Researchers are working on developing molecules that would block formation of the protective protein.

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