Scientists map duck genome to study bird flu

The following is an edited excerpt. 

Avian influenza or bird flu viruses are known to hide out in ducks, yet little is known about why these aquatic birds are such great reservoirs for these dangerous bugs. To search for answers, an international team of scientists has sequenced the duck genome for the first time and discovered a few clues that explain the relationship between winged host and virus.

Read the full story here: What’s in a Duck? Genetic Clues for Understanding Bird Flu Outbreaks

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