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Microbiologists find defence molecule that senses respiratory viruses

A cellular molecule that not only can sense two common respiratory viruses but also can direct cells to mount a defence has been identified by microbiologists at The University of Texas Health Science Centre at San Antonio.

The finding, published online yesterday by the journal Nature Immunology, could lead to new therapies for human respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and influenza A (commonly known as flu), both of which are serious threats to people with weak immune systems, particularly infants up to age 1 and senior citizens age 65 and older.
 
 

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