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2006 Nature Publishing Group that the virus evolved in people or pigs for an
 

Summary:  2006 Nature Publishing Group
that the virus evolved in people or pigs for an
unknown period of time before the pandemic
started and that the virus may have been a
reassortant.
The second line of evidence used by
Taubenberger et al.1
to support their conclu-
sions comes from comparing similarities in
NATURE|Vol 440|27 April 2006 BRIEF COMMUNICATIONS ARISING
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Taubenberger et al.1
have sequenced the poly-
merase genes of the pandemic `Spanish'
influenza A virus of 1918, thereby completing
the decoding of the genome of this virus26
.
The authors conclude from these sequences
that the virus jumped from birds to humans
shortly before the start of the pandemic and

  

Source: Antonovics, Janis - Department of Biology, University of Virginia

 

Collections: Biology and Medicine