Wednesday, November 6, 2013

The Cold Virus Manipulates Genes

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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