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Swine Flu is all pork, not avian or human, claims researchers

Turns out reports that Swine Flu is a combination of pig, human and avian influenza strains may be inaccurate. Frome Wired.com - "The deadly H1N1 influenza virus that’s fueling fears of a global pandemic is a hybrid of two common pig flu strains, scientists who have studied the disease told Wire... Read More

The search for a fast swine flu vaccine proves elusive

From Sciam: "Influenza's unpredictability has stymied efforts to create a universal vaccine that could be mass-produced in advance of a pandemic threat and used to treat a variety of different virus strains. Instead, drug companies annually try to predict which strains are most likely to circula... Read More

The New Scientist's Swine Flu Resources Page

The New Scientist has put together a nice collection of articles and information about the swine flu on it's site. Read More

The Ghost Map - Author Steven Johnson on the 1854 Cholera Outbreak in London

Author Steven Johnson discusses The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society. Read More

WHO says swine flu moving closer to pandemic

The World Health Organization warned Wednesday that the swine flu outbreak is moving closer to becoming a pandemic, as the United States reported the first swine flu death outside of Mexico, and Germany and Austria became latest European nations hit by the disease.

In Geneva, WHO flu chief Dr... Read More

Swine Flu Music Mash Up! Using the genomic sequence of swine flu hemagglutinin, FJ966952

Blogger Stephan Zielinski has taken the decoded genomic sequence for Swine Flu and has set it to music using a complicated algorithm. "Each beat corresponds to one amino acid, and the piece is in 3/4 time, so each six measures would correspond to five turns around the alpha structure. Amino aci... Read More

Too much knowledge can exaggerate the danger of a pandemic

Amid the uncertainty over whether this swine flu outbreak will expand from a serious Mexican epidemic into the global pandemic long expected by public health authorities, one thing is certain. As events unfold, the public will know more about the viral disease, its progress through human populat... Read More

Flies may be the vector that transmitted swine flu to humans

The swine flu virus that is smoldering in this country and triggering a full-blown outbreak in Mexico is one of a growing number of animal pathogens to jump the species barrier -- and may be the microbe that jumpstarts the first globe-circling pandemic of the 21st century, experts said Tuesday. ... Read More

Temperature scanners give cold comfort during flu outbreak

Alarmed by the spread of a new swine flu virus, airports around the world have rushed to install temperature scanners to pick out the sick, but the microbe is proving too clever for modern technology.

Experts say an infected person can easily pass through these heat sensors without detection ... Read More

Millennium Network - Facebook Cause to Support AIDS/HIV, Malaria, Global Warming, etc.

Inspired by President Clinton’s vision to encourage the next generation of leaders and philanthropists to address the challenges of global interdependence, the William J. Clinton Foundation Millennium Network seeks to engage individuals, age 45 and younger, in the work of the Clinton Foundation.... Read More

Official: US flu victims may be infecting others

The swine flu epidemic crossed new borders Tuesday with the first cases confirmed in the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region, as world health officials said they suspect American patients may have transmitted the virus to others in the U.S. Most people confirmed with the new swine flu were i... Read More

Border Controls Are Tighter as Swine Flu Cases Rise

Two new swine flu cases were confirmed in Israel and as many as 11 in New Zealand, bringing the number of countries with confirmed cases to at least seven on Tuesday. But all, with the exception of Mexico, said the patients were recovering or had been hospitalized with only mild symptoms, leavin... Read More

Collection of Microbial Discovery Activities for K-12

The American Society for Microbiology has posted a collection of Microbial Discovery Activities designed for K-12 teachers to facilitate the incorporation of microbiology within science courses. Activities come from the community at large. All submissions are reviewed by the ASM Committee on K-1... Read More

First US Death from Swine Flu in Texas | France calls to suspend all flights from EU to Mexico

A Mexican toddler who came to the United States with his family on a visit has died in Texas of the swine flu, Texas officials said, as President Obama recommended that schools with confirmed or suspected cases of the disease “strongly consider temporarily closing.” In France, the health ministe... Read More

A Guide to Swine Flu (SciAm)

As swine influenza reaches the U.S., a guide to what you need to know and what happens next. Plus, a look at pandemics past... Read More

From Travel Restrictions to Face Masks, Experts Address Readers’ Questions

The New York Times asked readers to submit questions about swine flu. Here is a selection of some of the questions, along with answers based on interviews with experts. More questions and answers can be found at consults.blogs.nytimes.com.
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FDA OKs Emergency Use of MDx Swine Flu Test

The FDA has authorized the emergency use of a molecular diagnostic assay to identify cases of swine flu. The test has not been cleared for marketing by FDA, but the agency granted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention the authority to use the multiplex panel to diagnose patients in t... Read More

WHO Braces for the Worst as UK and New Zealand Swine Flu Cases are Confirmed

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed swine flu cases in two more countries—the U.K. and New Zealand—bringing the total number of affected countries to at least six. Meanwhile, media outlets are reporting that Mexico may have as many as 2,000 suspected cases and 150 deaths.
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Algae-based biofuel industry about to bloom

There are some signs that the algae-based fuel industry might be ready to bloom. One of the industry's biggest and most well-heeled players, Sapphire Energy, announced last week that it would be producing 1 million gallons of diesel and jet fuel a year by 2011, double its initial estimates. From... Read More

As Swine Flu Scare Unfolds, Virologist Underscores Need For Research On Animal Pathogens

The rapidly developing swine flu scare has activated a global response from the public health community and alarmed hundreds of millions of people, but there are a number of reasons why people should remain realistic and calm concerning the scope of the problem, according to Dr. X. J. Meng, a vi... Read More

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