As change is one of the constants with viruses, scientists are vigilantly monitoring variances that arise in the H5N1 avian influenza virus that might lead to a pandemic in humans. And in an attempt to stay one step ahead of the H5N1 virus, researchers are trying to predict how it could change its characteristics and cell-binding preferences in the future. Recent efforts with these endeavors have resulted in new information that might be used to prevent the H5N1 virus from gaining a foothold in the human population.
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