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Are Penguins Super-Birds, Immune To Avian Flu?

ANTARCTICA — Researchers have detected a new kind of bird flu in Adelie penguins for the first time, yet the virus does not seem to make them sick.

File photo: Gerard LACZ-VWpics/VWPICS/Gerard LACZ

The report published Tuesday in mBio, an online journal of the American Society for Microbiology, said that this virus (H11N2) is unlike any other avian flu known to science. In three percent of the birds tested, live infectious virus was found, says the AFP.

File photo: Zhang Jiansong/Xinhua/ZUMA

The 300 penguins studied were from Antarctica and it remains unclear as to how the virus made it down to the South Pole, how it didn't cause the birds to be sick, and how it was able to survive some of the harshest conditions on earth.

File photo: Xinhua/ZUMA

The best known kind of bird flu is H5N1, believed to be carried by migrating ducks, and has killed tens of millions of birds around the world.

No live avian influenza virus has ever been detected in penguins or other Antarctic birds before.

Main photo (File): Alan J. Scullard/VW Pics/ZUMA

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Post-Pandemic Reflections On The Accumulation Of State Power

The public sector has seen a revival in response to COVID-19. This can be a good thing, but must be checked carefully because history tells us of the risks of too much control in the government's hands.

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Medical students protesting at Calcutta Medical Collage and Hospital.

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NEW DELHI — The COVID-19 pandemic marked the beginning of a period of heightened global tensions, social and economic upheaval and of a sustained increase in state intervention in the economy. Consequently, the state has acquired significant powers in managing people’s personal lives, starting from lockdowns and quarantine measures, to providing stimulus and furlough schemes, and now, the regulation of energy consumption.

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