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MSU Researchers Show How New Viruses Evolve, and in Some Cases, Become Deadly


January 26, 2012

researcher holding two petri dishes with viruses In the current issue of Science, researchers at Michigan State University have demonstrated how a new virus evolves, shedding light on how easy it can be for diseases to gain dangerous mutations. Full Story

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