The 2009 H1N1 Virus Is Genetically Changed Over The Past 1,5 Years – Part 1 of 3
The 2009 H1N1 Virus Is Genetically Changed Over The Past 1,5 Years. Although the pandemic H1N1 “swine” flu that emerged conclusive beginning has stayed genetically stable in humans, researchers in Asia say the virus has undergone genetic changes in pigs during the last year and a half. The fear is that these genetic changes, or reassortments, could manufacture a more virulent bug. “The particular reassortment we found is not itself likely to be of major human health risk, but it is an indication of what may be occurring on a wider scale, undetected,” said Malik Peiris, an influenza crack and co-author of a paper published in the June 18 issue of Science. “Other reassortments may occur, some of which pose greater risks”.
The findings underscore the importance of monitoring how the influenza virus behaves in pigs who is easy chair and professor of microbiology at the University of Hong Kong and scientific director of the university’s Pasteur Research Center. “Obviously, there’s a lot of evolution going on and whenever you observe some unstable situation, there’s the potential for something new to emerge that could be dangerous,” added Dr John Treanor, professor of medicine and of microbiology and immunology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.