In the midst of another flu season—and
another flu vaccine shortage—comes the launch of a government research
venture that might help scientists gain a better understanding of how influenza
virus strains evolve and how to develop more effective vaccines against them.
Investigators will now embark on an extensive influenza virus genome sequencing
project, a collaborative effort involving the National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in Bethesda, Md; the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC), in Atlanta, Ga; St Jude Children’s Research
Hospital in Memphis, Tenn; The Institute for Genomic Research (TIGR) in Rockville,
Md; and other institutions.
Hampton T. Scientists Set to Decode Influenza Genome. JAMA. 2005;293(2):147. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.147