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Research into the viral-RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (FluPolA) that transcribes and replicates the influenza A genome has revealed new details about the mechanisms underlying viral genome replication. In a study appearing in Nature this week, University of Oxford scientists use crystallography and cryoelectron microscopy to determine the structures of FluPolA from both human and avian influenza A viruses.

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