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A Small Genetic Change Makes Flu Virus Deadly

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September 7, 2001
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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 - six out of 18, says lead researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 - six out of 18, says lead researcher Yoshihiro Kawaoka, D.V.M., Ph.D., of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "A Small Genetic Change Makes Flu Virus Deadly." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 7 September 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010907080059.htm>.
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2001, September 7). A Small Genetic Change Makes Flu Virus Deadly. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 24, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010907080059.htm
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "A Small Genetic Change Makes Flu Virus Deadly." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/09/010907080059.htm (accessed April 24, 2014).

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