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Host response: Pregnancy impairs flu defences

Nature Microbiology volume 2, Article number: 17077 (2017) | Download Citation

It is unclear why pregnant women are at high risk of severe influenza infection. Allogeneic pregnancy in mice is now shown to alter both innate and adaptive responses to influenza virus infection, enabling the emergence of more virulent virus variants.

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  1. Elodie Ghedin is at the Center for Genomics and Systems Biology, Department of Biology, College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department of Epidemiology, College of Global Public Health, New York University, New York, New York 10003, USA.

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  2. Stacey Schultz-Cherry is at Saint Jude Children's Research Hospital, Department of Infectious Diseases, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.

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