A new study, "Genotyping and quantitation of noroviruses in oysters from two distinct sea areas in Japan," is now available. "Norovirus (NV) is a causative agent of acute gastroenteritis in humans, and shellfishes including oysters act as major vehicles of the virus. To investigate the genetic characteristics of NVs, we collected 1,512 oysters for raw consumption between October 2002 and March 2005 from two distinct areas (area A: the Sanriku Sea area; area B: the Setouchi Sea area)," scientists in Yamaguchi, Japan report.
"We detected the capsid gene and subjected it to phylogenetic analysis. By further quantification of the copy number of the genome by using real-time...
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