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How important is influenza as a human pathogen?

Pretty damn important. Continue reading

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The changing nature of avian influenza A virus (H5N1)

Although it has not been in the news much recently, the highly pathogenic avian influenza A virus subtype H5N1 has been endemic in some bird species since its emergence in 1996 and its ecology, genetics and antigenic properties continue to … Continue reading

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The 2009 H1N1 pandemic – what went right and what went wrong?

In this week’s PLoS Medicine, Gabriel Leung from the Government of the Hong Kong SAR and Angus Nicoll from the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control offer their reflections on the international response to the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic, … Continue reading

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Severity of swine flu in the USA

Research published this week in PLoS Medicine presents the most accurate assessment to date of the severity of the swine flu (H1N1) pandemic in the US. Scientists need to measure the severity of swine flu (how often infection with the … Continue reading

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Rewiring influenza

Influenza viruses contain segmented, negative-strand RNA genomes. Genome segmentation facilitates reassortment between different influenza virus strains infecting the same cell. This phenomenon results in the rapid exchange of RNA segments. In this study, we have developed a method to prevent … Continue reading

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Blast from the Past: 10 things you should know about H1N1

This summer on MicrobiologyBytes we’ll be revisiting a few old favourites – some of the most popular posts on this site. Today’s post is:

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Spotting pandemic influenza viruses

The results of a new study have provided fresh insights into influenza pandemics by raising the possibility that all three pandemic influenza strains of the 20th century may have been generated through a series of multiple reassortment events and emerged … Continue reading

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Two TED Talks on Influenza Pandemics

Laurie Garrett: What can we learn from the 1918 flu? Larry Brilliant: Help stop the next pandemic

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How influenza pandemics get started

H5, H7, and H9 avian influenza subtypes top the World Health Organization’s list of strains with the greatest pandemic potential. A transition from avian-like 2,3-linked sialic acid (SA2,3) receptors to human-like 2,6-linked sialic acid (SA2,6) receptors appears to be a … Continue reading

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