Researchers discover how to predict which flu strains succeed

10/1/2012 | Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Researchers may have made it easier to predict the spread of the flu and determine which virus strains to include in the yearly vaccine by analyzing DNA sequences to find which types are best and worst at expanding their population reach. Teams from Germany and the U.K. studied thousands of 1971 influenza A strains isolated from 1969 to 2007 and looked at how mutations competed for survival and spread.

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