Influenza A virus history rewritten, once more
Pale horse, pale rider – the Apocalypse foretold in the book of revelations. (Gustave Doré [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons) It is time for yet another tale about pestilence – the scourges of mankind. Once again it is about flu, but today I will not present my own research. Instead I would like to write about a new article that was published a little while ago in Nature. It is a story about the speed of virus evolution, and how new analytic methods has put a bright light on some of the most influential disease events in the last 200 years. It is time to rewrite influenza virus evolution, once more.
The paper in question is both a very simple and a very complicated paper. Or rather, the idea is simple, but the science to test the idea is complicated and novel.
If we start with…
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