According to the scholarly study done by investigators at St.

This has so far prevented H5N1 from becoming a major threat to humans. ‘However, if H5N1 variants acquire the capacity for sustained human-to-human transmission, the global world will face the threat of a serious pandemic,’ said Robert G. Webster, Ph.D., a member of the Infectious Diseases holder and department of the Rose Marie Thomas Chair at St. Jude. And, the available evidence shows that the most recent strains isolated from humans in Asia are no longer sensitive to inhibition by the amantadine family of drugs.’ Resistance to the antiviral drug amantadine is caused by substitutions of one of five amino acids in the part of the M2 protein called the transmembrane domain-the part of M2 located within the coat of the influenza virus.‘Our study discovered that the association between fathers’ absence and children’s sexuality is best described by genetic influences, instead of by environmental theories alone,’ according to Jane Mendle, assistant professor of psychology at the University of Oregon, who led the scholarly study. Related StoriesResearchers find higher genetic diversity among tumor cells than anticipatedDisclosing genetic risk for CHD outcomes in lower low-density lipoprotein cholesterolUCSF-led experts map out melanoma's genetic trajectoriesConducted by researchers in the University of Oregon, the University of Virginia, the University of Chicago, the University of Indiana, Columbia University, and the University of Oklahoma, the scholarly study appears in the September/October 2009 problem of the journal Kid Development.