Medindia

X

Development of Influenza A Virus

by Medindia Content Team on  December 4, 2006 at 12:22 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Development of Influenza A Virus
It is important to comprehend the evolutionary dynamics of the influenza virus, which will enable scientists evolve better strategies to tackle the virus.
Advertisement

Dr. Eddie C. Holmes of the Department of Biology at Pennsylvania State University and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health, the Wordsworth Center and the Institute for Genomic Research, employed genomic analysis to scrutinize the evolutionary characteristics of the H3N2 subtype of human influenza A virus.

Advertisement
With the help of a sample group of 413 complete influenza genomes from across New York State, scientists conducted a comparative study. Viral strains which are genetically different are mingling within any season and rarely indulge in gene exchange. Also, adaptive evolution takes place infrequently in the influenza virus; events that happen by chance have a great influence on the variety and evolution of the virus.

These important reasons render the influenza virus extremely unpredictable, hence forecasting the pattern of evolution of the influenza virus is difficult, but extremely crucial to evolve fruitful strategies to contain the virus.

Source: Medindia
SAV
Advertisement

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
User Avatar
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted I agree to the terms and conditions

You May Also Like

Advertisement
View All