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Selenium Deficiency Causes Flu Virus To Mutate Into More Dangerous Forms

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June 22, 2001
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University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
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Influenza virus that has been passed through mice deficient in the trace nutrient selenium mutates and emerges from the mice more virulent than before, a new study shows.

CHAPEL HILL -- Influenza virus that has been passed through mice deficient in the trace nutrient selenium mutates and emerges from the mice more virulent than before, a new study shows. While the research was limited to rodents, it's likely that something similar happens in humans deficient in selenium and, possibly, in other nutrients, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists say. That's because humans and mice are so similar biologically, and the mice were infected with a human influenza virus.


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University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. (2001, June 22). Selenium Deficiency Causes Flu Virus To Mutate Into More Dangerous Forms. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010608081506.htm
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill. "Selenium Deficiency Causes Flu Virus To Mutate Into More Dangerous Forms." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/06/010608081506.htm (accessed April 18, 2014).

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