A research team at Imperial College London have published a new report in the journal Nature which claims that protein ANP32A helps the flu virus to replicate in cells.
When the protein was removed in test trials, it stopped the virus infection in human tissue.
Prof. Barclay summarised the study saying:
‘Up until now, we haven’t understood why the bird flu virus has to change in order to hijack the human cell machinery. Our research showed this is all due to a cell protein called ANP32A’.
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