Archive for August 14th, 2013

Scientists develop method that ensures safe research on deadly flu viruses

14 August, 2013

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The strategy will enable healthy molecules in human lung cells to latch on to these viruses and cut the bugs up before they have a chance to infect the human host.

Ed Rybicki‘s insight:

Excellent idea: engineer in sequences that allow naturally-occurring miRNA sequences in the human, but not the ferret lung, to snip the viral DNA so that it cannot cause a problem.

HOWEVER: do you suppose they have considered what happens when the engineered influenza virus, were it to go wild, mutates so as to avoid getting the snip?

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