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Old 09-23-2015, 05:53 PM   #1
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Default NIH Researchers Find Role for Soft Palate in Adaptation of Transmissible Influenza Viruses

Interesting article - definitely worth a read.


NIH Researchers Find Role for Soft Palate in Adaptation of Transmissible Influenza Viruses

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National Institutes of Health scientists and their colleagues identified a previously unappreciated role for the soft palate during research to better understand how influenza (flu) viruses acquire the ability to move efficiently between people. In studies using ferrets, the team collected evidence that this patch of mucous-coated soft tissue separating the mouth from the nasal cavity is a key site for the emergence of flu viruses with a heightened ability to spread through the air. The finding could aid efforts to define the properties governing flu virus transmissibility and predict which viruses are most likely to spark pandemics.
Actual article: SS Lakdawala et al. The soft palate is an important site of adaptation for transmissible influenza viruses. Nature DOI: 10.1038/nature15379 (2015).
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