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The Feat of Packaging Eight Unique Genome Segments

Influenza A viruses harbor a segmented RNA genome that is organized into eight distinct viral ribonucleoprotein (vRNP) complexes. Although a segmented genome may be a major advantage to adapt to new host environments, it comes at the cost of a … Continue reading

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Protecting the lungs against influenza

Influenza viruses are a major public health threat. Each year, the typical seasonal flu epidemic affects millions of people with sometimes fatal outcomes, especially in high risk groups such as young children and elderly. The sporadic pandemic outbreaks can have … Continue reading

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A host protein restricts bird flu in mammals

Influenza A viruses circulate in various natural hosts, including mammals and birds. Transmission of influenza virus between mammals and birds occurs only rarely, owing to host restriction: an influenza A virus that is adapted to an avian host typically does not grow … Continue reading

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New eBooks on viruses

In the age of the Internet do we still need books? Continue reading

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Virus Commuters

Both airline and commuter road travel influence flu virus distribution in the continental USA. Continue reading

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Influenza Viruses and mRNA Splicing: Doing More with Less

During their replication in the nucleus of infected cells, influenza viruses hijack the host splicing machinery to process some of their RNA segments, the M and NS segments. This review provides an overview of the current knowledge gathered on this … Continue reading

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Reasons to be cheeful: Influenza treatment

Maybe there is some reason to be more optimistic about treating influenza. Continue reading

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Silent mode on H7N9

There’s some pretty worrying news coming out about influenza H7N9. Continue reading

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Will we ever have a universal flu vaccine?

It takes just two shots of the MMR vaccine to protect a child against measles, mumps and rubella for life. Continue reading

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