Scientists combine bird and swine flus to create mutant airborne virus

Researchers in China have created a batch of designer viruses by selectively combining genes from the H5N1 bird flu virus with those of the H1N1 swine flu strain. This reassortment process — which can happen naturally in nature — resulted in several hybridized strains that were able spread through the air and infect… » 5/06/13 2:20pm 5/06/13 2:20pm

A deadly new strain of bird flu has spread to seals. Could humans be next?

We already know that the deadly H5N1 avian flu is only one stabilizing mutation away from being able to spread to humans. But as society nervously anticipates a potential pandemic, we get disturbing news that a different variant of the flu, the equally ominous H3N8, has successfully made the leap from birds to seals. » 7/31/12 12:40pm 7/31/12 12:40pm

Good News! Your Nose Is Too Cold For Avian Flu.

A new study released today should quell bird flu panic, or at least calm it down a bit. Turns out that avian flu viruses have a really tough time staying alive in human noses, where they'd need to hunker down and breed if they were going to spread through our species in a pandemic. According to the study, released by… » 5/14/09 6:22pm 5/14/09 6:22pm