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According to Sasisekharan, this knowledge could help scientists produce vaccines that do not include versions of the flu that can mutate and so lead to "fitter" viruses.
A 40-year-old woman in Vietnam is suffering from the most deadly form of the virus which doctors fear could mutate into a more contagious version.
According to him, the key to fighting spam and HIV is the same - find the part that absolutely can't mutate - what he calls the Achilles' heel - and attack there.
But the virus would have to mutate into a new form to cause mass casualties.
With the state's multiple points of entry via major airports and ports, state Department of Health Services Director Sandra Shewry said, California could be the first state impacted if the virus mutates and becomes transmissible among people.
Scientists do not think it will return to infect humans unless there is an unlucky escape from a lab or the virus mutates into an entirely new form.
Chinese researchers also sequenced the SARS virus and found that some samples differ considerably from those decoded in North America, which suggests that the virus mutates rapidly.
A cell that mutates on an upper layer can form a bump that pushes altered cells down to the lowest layer, where they become "immortalized" as stem cells, says Portier, who adds that he believes "stem cells are at the root of cancer.
Tenebril uses patent-pending profiling technology that is unique in its ability to proactively attack spyware even as it mutates.