New York Genome Center - "Genomic Researchers Fight The Flu Virus At Its Core"
It may be little comfort if the flu already knocked you off your feet this season, but researchers announced a milestone this month: 10,000 influenza virus genomes have now been sequenced and published at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Influenza Genome Sequencing Project. Researchers at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York also have undertaken major efforts to develop novel universal influenza virus vaccines to protect against influenza for an entire decade or even for a lifetime. Peter Palese, an MD-PhD and principal investigator at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, says, "There is good reason to be confident that improved [universal] influenza virus vaccines will be developed and that those vaccines will dramatically reduce morbidity and mortality caused by influenza virus strains." Learn more