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Scientists resurrect killer genes from 1918 flu pandemic

Wed Oct 6, 2:29 PM ET

Wed Oct 6, 2:29 PM ET
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mp21k http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=1540&ncid=1540&e=8&u=/afp/20041006/sc_afp/health_flu_biotech_041006182938

Using reverse genetic engineering, the US team took two key genes from the 1918 virus and slotted them into human flu viruses to which lab mice were known to be immune.


The two genes code for a spike-like molecule called haemagglutinin (HA), which binds to specific receptors on the surface of cells in the body, and another protein, neuraminidase (NA).


The mice were injected in the nose with the recombinant viruses.
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Oops... A violation of Animal_Rights - Mice's Rights? 041006
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The 1918 pandemic, called "Spanish flu" in the probably erroneous belief that it began in Spain, infected up to a billion people, which was half the world's population at the time.

At least 20 million and perhaps as many as 50 million people died in the 1918-1919 pandemic, the highest toll of any disease in the last century.
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who? i believe the spanish lady actually started in the united states...or is believed to be first found in the us in kentucky or kansas jumping from swine to humans.
the theory goes that because we were at war and some of the soldiers shipped over there unknowingly (?)
carried the virus, it was spread to
people in european countries
where it evolved into the killer bug
that caused the pandemic.
the new form(s) of the spanish lady
spread back here probably in the same
sort of manner.
and according to world health organization's estimates, around
40 million people died of
influenza alone.
im sure a hell of a lot more died
because of the conditions
not to mention the stress
added by the war.
random thought added to that:
there was a children's rhyme around that time.
i had a bird and its name was Enza
i opened up the window and...
influenza
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:) United_for_peace_and_justice_in_Mew_York...

Amen.
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:) To_be_'exact':

United_for_peace_and_justice_in_New_York...

Amen.
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mp21k Experts fear escape of 1918 flu from lab


10:33 21 October 04

The 1918 flu virus spread across the world in three months and killed at least 40 million people. If it escaped from a lab today, the death toll could be far higher. The potential implications of an infected lab worker and spread beyond the lab are terrifying, says D. A. Henderson of the University of Pittsburgh, a leading biosecurity expert.
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21 Oct 2004 http://www.newscientist.com/news/news.jsp?id=ns99996554 041021
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2004
WHO Calls Summit to Address Flu Pandemic
AP - 1 hour, 24 minutes ago
The World Health Organization has called an unprecedented summit meeting of flu vaccine makers and nations to ramp up plans for dealing with the growing threat of a flu pandemic.

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1918 That was the start of an outbreak of a very lethal flu that killed an estimated 40 million to 60 million people worldwide within two years. 051017
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