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Flu's Evolution Strategy Strikes Perfect Balance

Better understanding how the flu virus replicates and evolves to infect new hosts will help scientists find new ways to fight the flu. One option is the development of therapies that take advantage of the new findings by promoting mutagenesis -- treatments designed to generate increased mutations that will ultimately kill the virus.

"These new findings give us insights into how we may be able to control viral evolution," said Baek Kim, Ph.D., professor in the department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center and lead study author. "This research presents an attractive strategy for tackling the flu -- making the influenza virus kill itself by amplifying the number of mutations made beyond the desired level, which is lethal for the virus."
 
 

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