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Genetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can kill

Genetic mutation helps explain why, in rare cases, flu can killA small number of children who catch the influenza virus fall so ill they end up in the hospital even while their family and friends recover easily. New research from Rockefeller helps explain why: a rare genetic mutation that prevents the production of a critical protein, interferon, that is needed to fight off the virus. More »

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Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machinery

Key to blocking influenza virus may lie in a cell’s own machineryResearchers have found that the immune system fights a flu infection by turning off cellular enzymes the virus needs to put the final touches on new viral particles. The unfinished particles cannot spread infection to new cells. More »

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Single gene links susceptibility to rare infections with predisposition to autoimmune disease

Single gene links susceptibility to rare infections with predisposition to autoimmune diseaseWhen scientists scanned the brains of patients who lack a particular immune protein, they saw calcium deposits linked with certain diseases that occur as a result of harmful and unnecessary inflammation. More »

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