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Flu virus becomes killer after small genetic change

 
  September, 7 2001 3:32
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A small genetic change makes flu virus deadly
A tiny change in one of the influenza virus’s 10 genes is key to making certain strains of the virus especially virulent to humans, scientists report in the Sept. 7 issue of Science. This discovery helps explain why an influenza outbreak four years ago in Hong Kong killed an unusually high proportion of the people it infected.

NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Contact:
Jeff Minerd
jminerd@niaid.nih.gov
301-402-1663
NIH/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases


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