NEW YORK (GenomeWeb) – A team led by University of Massachusetts Medical School researchers has characterized the genomic diversity of human cytomegalovirus, finding that it harbors hot and cold spots of variability.

As they reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today, Timothy Kowalik from UMMS and his colleagues analyzed the genomic diversity of the viruses infecting 17 infants and one adult to note that about a quarter of the HCMV genome is conserved and lacked any polymorphisms.

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