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Science 313 (5783): 54-55

Copyright © 2006 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Viruses Face a Double Defense by Plant Small RNAs

Peter M. Waterhouse and Adriana F. Fusaro

Plants fight viral infections with enzymes that digest viral RNA, but viruses retaliate with proteins that suppress these enzymes. To boost their antiviral response plants deploy enzymes with redundant functions.

The authors are at CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia. E-mail: peter.waterhouse{at}

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