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Researchers find putting birds of different life-spans together can promote emergence of dangerous influenza strains


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(Phys.org) —A trio of researchers in the U.K. has found that housing birds of different life-spans together can contribute to the emergence of dangerous flu strains. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Paul Wikramaratna, Oliver Pybus and Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University describe how they developed a model that allows for studying the evolution of flu viruses in domestic and wild bird species with various life-spans and what they found when running it.

 

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