US, Japanese Researchers Mix Samples of 1918 Flu Pandemic to Recreate Deadly Code --Compiled by Lori Price, www.legitgov.org
genes can turn normal flu into a killer, University of Wisconsin-Madison
30 Dec 2008 Three key genes can turn a regular flu virus into a super
killer like the strain that devastated the world 90 years ago and one
that could come again, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers found
in a study involving ferrets. The discovery by a team led by virologist
Yoshihiro Kawaoka could help scientists better recognize new flu strains
capable of causing a global epidemic, or pandemic, and develop drugs
to ward off any kind of flu, the researchers said. Kawaoka said the
goal was to
Researchers recreate 1918 flu pandemic virus --Why? And, why is no one *asking* why? 29 Dec 2008 Researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly -- a group of three genes that lets the virus invade the lungs and cause pneumonia. They mixed samples of the 1918 influenza strain with modern seasonal flu viruses to find the three genes and said their study might help in the development of new flu drugs. The discovery, published in Tuesday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could also point to mutations that might turn ordinary flu into a dangerous pandemic strain. Most flu experts agree that a pandemic of influenza will almost certainly strike again. No one knows when [the US unleashes it] or what strain it will be but one big suspect now is the H5N1 avian influenza virus.
and Japanese researchers crack flu pandemic's deadly code
30 Dec 2008 The genetic code that made the 1918 killer flu so deadly
has finally been cracked, claim US and Japanese researchers, who say
their discovery may lead to new drugs able to
30 December 2008
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