'Significant breakthrough' in understanding the deadly nature of pandemic influenza

18 Sep 2018

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have discovered a new molecule that plays a key role in the immune response that is triggered by influenza infections. The molecule, a so-called mini viral RNA, is capable of inducing inflammation and cell death, and was produced at high levels by the 1918 pandemic influenza virus. The findings appeared in Nature Microbiology yesterday (September 17).

 

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Silent killer

13 Sep 2013

Many of us are infected with a virus we’ll never clear. While we’re healthy, it’s nothing to worry about, but when our immune system is suppressed it could kill us.

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Harnessing the power of the virus

19 Feb 2013

The clever ways viruses have for evading our immune system are under scrutiny. Exposing their secrets is leading to a new armoury in our fight against disease.

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