Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Nuke, May 10, 2004.
Does anyone know anything about Antigenic drift in influenza viruses??
in a word... no... sorry
Thanks anyway. Damn these exams
Does this help???:
Amazing what a search engine comes up with
Nope......Mr Google or Mr Jeeves might however.......
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!
Go Girl!!! You Google-ite!! :wink:
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.
Looks like our resident Scientist has an answer for you there Nuke!
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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)
good luck nuke
Oh, bit late. Revised that yesterday. Interesting it is too...
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