Now, for the first time, when we look at selecting a flu virus for use in a vaccine, we can select the one which is least likely to mutate
," the Daily Express quoted John Oxford, Britain's leading flu expert as saying.
The work now is to find the point up to which the virus can mutate
, and beyond which it will die.
Studies have suggested that pathogens called coxsackieviruses might be more likely to mutate
in hosts that are short on selenium, a metal involved in producing protective compounds called antioxidants.
rapidly, and the changes probably would have arisen regardless of treatment.
could be used in the event the virus mutates
and becomes capable of spreading through human-to-human contact, which could create a global pandemic.
Scientists fear millions will die if it mutates
into a form which passes between humans.
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.