Mutates


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Mutates

Undergoes a spontaneous change in the make-up of genes or chromosomes.
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They identified which amino acids are most likely to mutate.
Q: How would scientists fight the virus if it were to mutate and become easily contagious among humans?
If and when the H5N1 virus mutates into a strain that retains its lethal effects and becomes highly transmissible from human to human, the clock will start ticking, and the race against time to control the pandemic will begin.
However, he continued, a global pandemic "could become a reality if this virus mutates further, remains highly virulent, and acquires the capability to spread as efficiently from person to person as do the commonly circulating virus strains that produce seasonal influenza epidemics.
Experts are no longer talking of wiping out the disease, but of containing it before it mutates.
Once GFAP mutates, an abnormal protein is created, which, in turn, allows for a significant build-up of fibers around the myelin sheath, the insulation that protects the nerve fibers in the brain.
Spyware has become a critically important enterprise security concern, and yet, because of the growing percentage of spyware that mutates, most vendors in our industry don't have a viable solution," said Thompson.
It mutates a lot, but it can't mutate to where it stops functioning.
And he believes people will besiege GP surgeries looking for vaccines if the HN51 strain of bird flu mutates into a virus which can spread between humans.