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Nature. 2006 Apr 27;440(7088):E9; discussion E9-10.

Molecular virology: was the 1918 flu avian in origin?

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  • 1Department of Biology, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia 22904, USA.


Taubenberger et al. claim that the 1918 influenza virus was derived from an avian source and adapted to humans shortly before the pandemic. However, we do not believe that this conclusion, which has been widely disseminated in the popular press and in scientific journals, is supported by their phylogenetic evidence.

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