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Scientists Find Hidden Piece Of Influenza Virus

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December 4, 2001
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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
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For nearly 20 years, scientists have labored under the assumption that the influenza virus comprises only 10 protein molecules that form its structure and carry out its activities. However, this week in Nature Medicine researchers report finding a new, "hidden" influenza virus protein. This protein may kill immune system cells that fight the virus, thereby contributing to the virus's potency, the researchers say.

For nearly 20 years, scientists have labored under the assumption that the influenza virus comprises only 10 protein molecules that form its structure and carry out its activities. However, this week in Nature Medicine researchers report finding a new, "hidden" influenza virus protein. This protein may kill immune system cells that fight the virus, thereby contributing to the virus's potency, the researchers say.


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NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "Scientists Find Hidden Piece Of Influenza Virus." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 4 December 2001. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/12/011203061054.htm>.
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. (2001, December 4). Scientists Find Hidden Piece Of Influenza Virus. ScienceDaily. Retrieved April 17, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/12/011203061054.htm
NIH/National Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases. "Scientists Find Hidden Piece Of Influenza Virus." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2001/12/011203061054.htm (accessed April 17, 2014).

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