News of the WeekInfectious Diseases

Experts Dismiss Pig Flu Scare as Nonsense

Science  04 Mar 2005:
Vol. 307, Issue 5714, pp. 1392
DOI: 10.1126/science.307.5714.1392

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For 4 months now, a series of strange influenza sequences has been sitting in GenBank, the U.S. National Institutes of Health's DNA database, that seems to suggest that pigs in South Korea have become infected with a flu strain used for research in labs around the world but not known to occur in nature.