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Flu virus mimicry tricks human immune system

Wednesday, September 5, 2012   (0 Comments)
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Viruses can mimic core regulatory cmponent    

Rockefeller University scientists have discovered how flu viruses can hijack key regulators in the body's anti-virus response, thereby slipping undetected past the immune system. An immunosuppressive protein of the flu virus mimics a core component of the gene regulating machinery in order to block the anti viral gene function. Read "Flu Fights Dirtyā€¯, a Science Daily story by Hayley Dunning, and the Rockefeller University news story. Click here for CDC information about this year's seasonal flu. Viral mimicry has been previously identified by cancer researchers.


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