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Scientists solve puzzle of how influenza builds its infectious seeds

January 27, 2003

By solving a long-standing puzzle about how the influenza virus assembles its genetic contents into infectious particles that enable the virus to spread from cell to cell, scientists have opened a new gateway to a better understanding of one of the world's most virulent diseases.

With a tweak, flu virus is a killer

September 6, 2001

By incorporating the slightest change in the arrangement of its molecules, the virus responsible for a brief but frightening influenza outbreak in Hong Kong several years ago can quickly morph from a relatively benign virus to a killer.

New technique can create flu viruses

August 3, 1999

A research team has perfected a method for creating designer influenza viruses, which can be tailor-made to solve mysteries about how flu strains mutate, spread and cause illness.