Issue Date: February 11, 2008
Flu Virus Proton Channel Analyzed
TWO RESEARCH GROUPS have independently used different methods to obtain long-sought structures of M2, a key ion-channel protein on the surface of influenza virus. The work could help scientists figure out why the virus has recently become resistant to two of the four drugs approved as antiflu agents. It could also lead to the design of more-effective medications.
But scientists will first have to better understand the implications of the new findings. The two studies . . .
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