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Human Nose Too Cold For Bird Flu, Says New Study

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posted on May, 15 2009 @ 03:01 PM

"Avian influenza viruses do not thrive in humans because the temperature inside a person's nose is too low, according to research published May 14 in the journal PLoS Pathogens. The authors of the study, from Imperial College London and the University of North Carolina, say this may be one of the reasons why bird flu viruses do not cause pandemics in humans easily."

"The researchers also found that when they created a mutated human influenza virus by adding a protein from the surface of an avian influenza virus, this mutated virus struggled to thrive at 32 degrees Celsius. This suggests that if a new human influenza strain evolved by adopting proteins from an avian influenza virus, this would need to undergo further changes in order to adapt to the conditions in the human body."

So.... does this mean that any large pandemic that should break out, would have to be from an engineered virus?

If it is not natural for the virus to live in the temperatures of our bodies, wouldn't it have to be specifically engineered to work in said environment?

Or is it just the natural progression of mutation and evolution?


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