Researchers shed light on rotavirus

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: (Published 13 April 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:927
  1. Douglas Carnell

    The structure and function of the rotavirus, one of the commonest causes of childhood diarrhoea, became clearer this week with the publication of two papers and a commentary in Scienc (5 April 276:104-7, 101-3, 46-8).

    Rotavirus infections are currently estimated to cause the deaths of up to 870000 children each year, mainly in the developing world.

    Researchers trying to make antibodies to the rotaviral protein NSP4 serendipitously observed that it …

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