Swine Flu Is Jumping Into More Species Than Ever

Remember the H1N1 flu that spread across the planet in 2009? It was the same flu strain that was predominant during this winter's flu season. Now it's turned up in sea otters living off the coast of Washington state, and researchers don't know how it got there. » 4/16/14 11:07am 4/16/14 11:07am

Swine flu and bird flu may team up to create a supervirus

In 2009, swine flu created a minor pandemic, only killing about 15,000 people but infecting millions more. The avian flu H9N2 is ravaging bird populations throughout Asia. They're bad enough on their own...but what if they joined forces? » 2/28/11 1:54pm 2/28/11 1:54pm

Swine flu gives its survivors supercharged immunity

The swine flu pandemic of 2009 was one of the worst flu scares in recent memory, even if its actual effects ended up being relatively moderate. Now something unambiguously good could come of all this: a universal flu vaccine. » 1/11/11 12:58pm 1/11/11 12:58pm

H1N1 didn't kill people. People killed people.

To be more specific, people's immune response killed them. The virus was especially deadly to young and middle-aged adults because their immune systems were primed to kick into a fatal, antiviral overdrive. » 12/06/10 6:20am 12/06/10 6:20am

H1N1 Is a Plot to Kill Baby Boomers, Argues Conspiracy Theorist

A new day, a new H1N1 conspiracy theory! But this one is special. Ken Welch says on his blog, before treating us to an extremely detailed analysis: » 11/19/09 11:16am 11/19/09 11:16am

How Swine Flu Works, And Why It Kills

Scientists now have an idea of just how the H1N1 virus may be so deadly, and what makes it different from earlier viruses from the same family. Hint: It's where it goes inside your body that counts. » 7/04/09 10:00am 7/04/09 10:00am

Antibodies for Avian Flu Extracted from 90-Year-Old Blood Samples

Two mutations in the H1N1 avian flu virus were responsible for killing 50 million people all over the world during the 1918 outbreak of so-called Spanish Flu. Now researchers at MIT have analyzed 90-year-old blood samples from people who survived the flu, and the blood still contains antibodies that react to H1N1… » 8/18/08 11:25am 8/18/08 11:25am