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In Science this week, researchers from Peking University report that they've genetically modifying a live influenza virus so that it was capable of stimulating an immune response, but unable to replicate in healthy cells. Specifically, the team expanded the virus' genome to include a premature termination codon, giving it full infectivity, but making it unable to replicate in conventional cells.

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