Heather K. Nelson, Qing Shi, Peter Van Dael, Eduardo J. Schiffrin, Stephanie Blum, Denis Barclay, Orville A. Levander, and Melinda A. Beck, Departments of Nutrition and Pediatrics, University of NC at Chapel Hill; Nestlé Research Center, Lausanne, Switzerland; and USDA, ARS, Beltsville Human Nutrition Research Center, Beltsville, MD Corresponding author: Melinda A. Beck, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, 535 Burnett-Womack, CB #7220, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Se-adequate mice infected with virus recovered from Se-deficient mice develop severe lung pathology Previous work in our laboratory (5) demonstrated that Se-deficient mice developed much more severe pathology postinfluenza virus infection than did Se-adequate mice.
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