Australian and Chinese scientists join forces
Australian scientists are combining forces with
scientists in China to with the aim of finding ways of preventing the spread of
Over the next three years, the Australian and Chinese government will
provide fund totalling US$2.7 mln for the new research centre that will be based
at the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra.
The head of scientific programmes at the ANU, Dr Ed Bertram, says
researchers will be investigating why some people have more naturally resistance
to bird flu than others. "This project really is a new area of investigation,"
"We're really trying to look at alterations in the genome of individuals
that can enhance resistance to avian flu, which may give us leads to developing
specific therapies that we could incorporate into vaccine designed to fight bird
flu," he adds.
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