Virus Attempts to Infect Cell (image) Cell Press Share Print E-Mail Caption This figure shows two possible outcomes from a viral attempt to infect the cell. On the left, the virus binds to the bacterium, injects its genetic info, and stops because it can't recruit the needed proteins. On the right, the virus binds to the cell, injects the genetic info, recruits the proteins, and starts replicating, resulting in the cell bursting and releasing more viruses. Credit Jose Sanchez-Ruiz Usage Restrictions Credit required Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.