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Medical News and Perspectives
January 12, 2005

Scientists Set to Decode Influenza Genome

JAMA. 2005;293(2):147. doi:10.1001/jama.293.2.147

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.

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