Genetics of Influenza

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Influenza viruses are constantly evolving, in fact all influenza viruses undergo genetic changes over time. The information CDC collects from studying genetic changes (also known as “substitutions,” “variants” or “mutations”) in influenza viruses plays an important public health role by helping to determine whether existing vaccines and medical countermeasures (e.g., antiviral drugs) will work against new influenza viruses, as well as helping to determine the potential for influenza viruses in animals to infect humans.
  • Virus as vectors for human gene therapy
  • Reassortment and reverse genetics
  • Influenza antigenicity
  • Mutations of Influenza virus: Antigenic drift and shift
  • Population genetics of Influenza virus
  • Genome sequencing and genetic characterization

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       1.  Influenza is a moving target and a secret killer

2.   Prevention and treatment of influenza

3.   Addressing influenza in practice: who’s involved?

4.   Implementation of vaccination policies: success stories and hurdles

5.   Influenza preparedness: what can we learn from other virus outbreaks?

6.   Reaching out to people at risk

7.   Influenza prevention in developing countries: a global responsibility

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