What’s In A Duck? Genetic Clues For Understanding Bird Flu Outbreaks

Geneticists sequence the DNA of ducks and find evidence for why they are such good hosts for avian influenza viruses.

Eric K. Noji, M.D.‘s insight:

Avian influenza or bird flu viruses are known to hideout in ducks, yet little is known about why these aquatic birds are such great reservoirs for these dangerous bugs. To search for answers, an international team of scientists has sequenced the duck genome for the first time and discovered a few clues that explain the relationship between winged host and virus. Their report was published in Nature Genetics

See on www.medicaldaily.com

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