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How does the flu virus work?

Viruses are nasty, yet surprisingly simple organisms. Most human flu viruses have 11 genes at most, compared to the more than 20,000 genes found in humans. What makes flu so potentially dangerous is that it’s not very good at making Read More

Do you need vaccinations if you are well past puberty?

When you’re rolling a sleeve up to get the flu shot this year, you might take a minute and ask whether any other immunizations are due, or overdue. Dr. R. Doug Hardy, an infectious disease specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, say Read More

Scientist begins to unravel what makes pandemic H1N1 tick

Scientist begins to unravel what makes pandemic H1N1 tick

As the number of deaths related to the pandemic H1N1 virus, commonly known as “swine flu,” continues to rise, researchers have been scrambling to decipher its inner workings and explain why the incidence is lower than expected in older adults. Read More