Researchers have discovered how the bird flu virus, which kills 60 percent of the people it affects, is obstructed by human cells. The researchers from the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in the Helmholtz Association (MDC) in Germany have discovered a way to evaluate whether people who suddenly become infected with a bird flu virus display the initial symptoms of a large scale disease outbreak. The experts said the contagious agent needs this protein to export the many copies of its genetic substance from the cell nucleus. The breakthrough may lead to better strategies for preventing the potentially pandemic infection.
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