Just a question.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Nuke, May 10, 2004.

  1. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Does anyone know anything about Antigenic drift in influenza viruses??
  2. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    in a word... no... sorry
  3. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Thanks anyway. Damn these exams
  4. Naomi McFadyen

    Naomi McFadyen New Member

  5. manx_yessir

    manx_yessir Member

    Nope......Mr Google or Mr Jeeves might however.......
  6. six pints

    six pints Active Member

    i used to, but i only got a b for a level biology, and cant remember any of it. if need maths or physics i like those!
  7. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

  8. ScrapingtheBottom

    ScrapingtheBottom Active Member

    Isn't that something to do with natural mutations in the Antigens present on the virion surface? I think it's cause by ribosomal errors in virus assembly. Basically the virus is reproducing at such a fast rate that you get errors when the proteins are being built. These errors cause the antigen sites to change conformation - thus making them unrecognisable by your immune system. Hence why flu is always one step ahead!!

    Something like that anyway.
  9. Raspberry

    Raspberry Member

    Looks like our resident Scientist has an answer for you there Nuke!
  10. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    :shock: :shock: :shock:
  11. Nuke

    Nuke Active Member

    Cheers my exams tommorow so that should help
    Especially Naruco those sites are good. i couldnt understand the notes me lecturer had done or what id written on them (maybe i should have re read them before now)
  12. Valvecap

    Valvecap Member

  13. ploughboy

    ploughboy Active Member

    good luck nuke
  14. picju96

    picju96 Member

    Oh, bit late. Revised that yesterday. Interesting it is too...