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January 12, 2006

Infection as the sincerest form of flattery

From the Guardian Unlimited: Turkey bird flu strain may 'prefer humans'.

British scientists said tonight there was possible evidence that the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu in Turkey was of a kind with a small mutation that preferred to attach itself to humans, rather than birds.

The indications of a possible mutation in the disease were found in analysis of viruses taken from two of the fatal human cases of bird flu in Turkey.

The same small signs of a preference for attaching to human cells were found in previous cases of bird flu viruses in Hong Kong in 2003 and Vietnam in 2005.

Posted by dymaxion at January 12, 2006 06:55 PM

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