Tuesday, June 03, 2008

June 2 Flu Update

Study shows that H5N1 can swap genetic material with existing flu viruses relatively easily.

An experiment mating H5N1 avian flu viruses and a strain of human flu in a laboratory produced a surprising number of hybrid viruses that were biologically fit, a new study reveals.

And while none of the offspring viruses was as virulent as the original H5N1, about one in five were lethal to mice at low doses, showing they retained at least a portion of the power of their dangerous parent.

Interesting story on how it takes time to recover from a cull when you are raising laying hens.

Uganda says it is intensifying the bird flu fight.

CIDRAP on USDA releasing 150 sequences.

Fujifilm (yes, that's right) is developing an alternative to Tamiflu.

Government oversight group calls for more transparency on pandemic flu.

The USDA has awarded $5m in bird flu grants.


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