Infections with the common cold virus can cause widespread havoc among one's genes. That's what researchers say. They administered either the human rhinovirus or a placebo to healthy volunteers. Next, they took scrapings from the participants' noses at the 8 hour and 48 hour marks. Gene analysis on the cell scrapings showed little difference at 8 hours, but after 48 hours more than 6,500 genes showed increased or decreased activity in people who had been infected with the common cold.
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