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MiR-192 is New Tool for Flu Biocontainment

By Anette Breindl
Science Editor

Monday, August 12, 2013

Creating more dangerous strains of flu viruses for research purposes is a double-edged sword. Researchers have developed a novel biocontainment strategy for such viruses. It consists of adding a gene that makes them a target for destruction in the human lung, but not the lungs of ferrets. The strategy, which was reported in the Aug. 11, 2013, issue of Nature Biotechnology, is timely. Only last week, in correspondence published in Nature and Science, a group of scientists announced their intention to do gain-of-function studies on H5N1.

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