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Plant breeders at the University of Georgia (UGA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS) have accomplished a near impossible task: growing grass where the sun doesn’t shine (much).
Influenza viruses alter constantly, which means vaccines need to keep changing too, often quickly to stay ahead of deadly outbreaks such as H5N1. Fortunately, a technique developed by St. Jude researchers — called the 8-plasmid reverse genetics system — is making the process much more efficient and protecting the health and well-being of people around the world.
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