RxPG News Feed for RxPG News

Medical Research Health Special Topics World
 Asian Health
 Food & Nutrition
 Men's Health
 Mental Health
 Occupational Health
 Public Health
 Sleep Hygiene
 Women's Health
 Canada Healthcare
 China Healthcare
 India Healthcare
 New Zealand
 South Africa
 World Healthcare
   Latest Research
 Alternative Medicine
 Clinical Trials
  Autoimmune Diseases
  Monoclonal Antibodies
 Infectious Diseases
 Sports Medicine
   Medical News
 Awards & Prizes
   Special Topics
 Odd Medical News

Last Updated: Sep 15, 2017 - 4:49:58 AM
Immunology Channel

subscribe to Immunology newsletter
Latest Research : Immunology

   EMAIL   |   PRINT

Robust immunity behind bats sustained flights

Jan 8, 2013 - 3:06:04 PM


Singapore, Jan 8 - Robust immunity may explain why bats are capable of sustained flights, the only one among mammals to fly, and not their high metabolism as thought earlier, says a new study.

However, high metabolism also boosts output of DNA-mutating free radicals. The research found bats have evolved gene variants that minimise and repair DNA - damage and also provides protection against viruses.

A team led by Lin-Fa Wang, professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School -, Singapore, has found that the evolution of flight in bats may have contributed to the development of a robust immune system, allowing bats to harbour some of the world's deadliest viruses such as Ebola and SARS, the journal Science reports.

Wang and colleagues used a state-of-the-art whole-genome sequencing technique to analyse the genomes of two distantly-related bat species.

They are the black flying fox, a species native to Australia, Papua New Guinea, and Indonesia and the insect-eating bat Myotis davidii or David's mouse-eared bat, endemic to China, according to a Duke-NUS statement.

This is the first in-depth study of bat genomes. Our study provided important genomics insights into the unique biological features of bats, said Wang, an expert in bat-borne viruses.

The large collaborative team from China, Denmark, Australia, US and Singapore compared the two bat genomes with the genomes of other mammals and found genetic clues that may account for the unique characteristics of bats.

Subscribe to Immunology Newsletter

Enter your email address:

For any corrections of factual information, to contact the editors or to send any medical news or health news press releases, use feedback form

Top of Page

Contact us

RxPG Online


Online ACLS Certification


    Full Text RSS

© All rights reserved by RxPG Medical Solutions Private Limited (India)