Scientists from Imperial College London have created a new mouse which is able to catch a cold- in the hope of discovering new ways of treating serious respiratory conditions.
The study, which appears in the journal Nature Medicine, states that rhinoviruses, which cause human colds, can often lead to more serious conditions such as asthma and chronic bronchitis.
It is hoped that once the modified mice have been injected with the virus, potential treatments for human respiratory conditions may be derived.
Sir Leszek Borysiewicz, chief executive of the Medical Research Council, told the BBC: "This important and fundamental discovery will enable us to understand the effects rhinoviruses and common colds have on our health.
He added that it could open up new paths to finding treatments which have been delayed for many years and provides the opportunities for further breakthroughs.
According to the news provider, approximately 600,000 people in the UK suffer from respiratory disease.
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