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Flu Researchers Train Sights On Novel Tricks of Novel H1N1

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Science  15 May 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5929, pp. 870-871
DOI: 10.1126/science.324_870

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Shortly after receiving word on 23 April that the same odd strain of swine influenza had infected humans in both the United States and Mexico, researchers around the world pounced on this novel H1N1 virus. Questions include: Where does this virus come from, how does it do its dirty work, where is it heading, and how do we combat it? Experts want answers, because this H1N1 has also made headway into the Southern Hemisphere, which is entering winter now, influenza's favorite season, putting billions of people at risk. And it may well return to the north in September.