Latest H5N1 genetic structure Stories

2006-01-12 15:45:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Genetic tests of samples taken from Turkish victims of the bird flu virus show it has made a small change but probably not enough to make it more dangerous yet, researchers said on Thursday. The mutation is one that would be expected in a highly changeable virus, the experts said, and is one that would be predicted to eventually allow it to cause a pandemic. H5N1 avian influenza has caused a burst of human infections in...

2005-11-14 11:25:00

HANOI -- Scientists in Vietnam, where bird flu has killed 42 people, said the deadly H5N1 influenza virus had mutated into a more dangerous form that could breed more effectively in mammals, state media reported on Sunday. The online newspaper Vnexpress quoted Cao Bao Van, director of the Molecule Biology Department of the Pasteur Institute, Vietnam's center of bird flu research, as saying the decoding of 24 samples of the virus taken from poultry and humans showed significant antigen...

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