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Virus 'barcodes' offer rapid detection of mutated strains
Date:5/13/2012

we can test new strains using our method, we can determine their potential impact on health by comparing their barcode of disease to those of viruses already studied."

The group from Leeds has already barcoded two types of HRSV which can cause severe respiratory disease in young children. Co-author Professor Miles Carroll of HPA Porton says: "We have focused our work on common respiratory viruses, such as flu and HRSV, but this method could be applied to a wide variety of viruses, including tropical diseases that are prone to sudden outbreaks and can be lethal."


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Contact: Dr Julian Hiscox
j.a.hiscox@leeds.ac.uk
44-113-343-5582
University of Leeds
Source:Eurekalert

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