Published in TB and Outbreaks Week, September 4th, 2007
The St. Jude team used a mathematical technique to identify specific amino acid building blocks that are statistically more likely to appear in avian influenza virus proteins and those that are more likely to be in human influenza virus proteins. The differences in these amino acids can be used as markers to track changes in H5N1 avian influenza strains that threaten humans. "Influenza mutates rapidly, so that any marker that is not the same in bird flu but remains stable in human flu is likely to be important,"...
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