In ferret DNA, researchers find key markers for influenza and cystic fibrosis

Researchers who sequenced the ferret genome are studying how the animals respond to influenza and cystic fibrosis, discovering information that may help people. The researchers found that two different forms of influenza — the 1918 virus responsible for 25 million deaths and the still-active virus that sparked a pandemic beginning in 2009 — elicited different transcriptional responses in the trachea but had similar effects in the lungs. The cystic fibrosis study found disease processes appear to begin and rapidly accelerate early in life. Business Weekly (U.K.) (11/19)

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