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  • News in Brief: Gene variant makes flu particularly dangerous

    01/29/2013 11:57:18 AM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies
    Science News ^ | January 29, 2013 | Tina Hesman Saey
    People with one form of IFITM3 more likely to develop pneumonia Chinese people carrying a particular version of an immune system gene are up to six times more likely to develop severe influenza than those lacking the variant. In a previous study involving mostly people of European descent, scientists found that a few individuals carried a particular form of a gene known as IFITM3 and got hit especially hard by the flu. In China, the variant is much more common...
  • Mutant Flu Virus Is Found That Resists Popular Drug

    02/01/2008 1:50:39 PM PST · by neverdem · 28 replies · 82+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 31, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    A small but significant percentage of the main influenza virus causing illness this winter in Europe, Canada and the United States has a mutation that makes it resistant to the anti-influenza drug Tamiflu, the World Health Organization said Wednesday. Scientists said they were surprised by the finding because they had believed that mutations of this type generally made the virus less potent and less easily spread among people. The predominant influenza virus circulating this winter is influenza A/H1N1. The Tamiflu-resistant form of the virus, known as influenza A(H1N1 H274Y), has been found with varying frequency in various areas of four...