NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – German researchers have tracked down hundreds of candidate host genes that seem to influence influenza A virus replication, validating dozens against both a non-pandemic H1N1 strain and an H1N1 swine flu strain from the 2009 pandemic.

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