This Week in PLOS

In PLOS Medicine, researchers from the US and Finland describe blood transcriptional signatures corresponding to respiratory syncytial virus infection and severity in infants. The expression patterns — identified using array-based analyses on blood samples from groups of American and Finnish infants with RSV — appear capable of distinguishing RSV from other forms of lower respiratory tract infection and finding those at risk of developing severe RSV infections.

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