CDC goes back to the lab to learn more about new variant of H1N1 virus

The story of how swine flu mutated to become H1N1 (not Swine Flu) has been an extraordinary one for the scientific community. Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious…

CDC goes back to the lab to learn more about new variant of H1N1 virus

The story of how swine flu mutated to become H1N1 (not Swine Flu) has been an extraordinary one for the scientific community. Dr Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, was on CNN Chief Medical Correspondent Dr Sanjay Gupta’s program on Tuesday night to discuss the research that led scientists to re-discover this new variant of H1N1, “Fauci: CDC goes back to the lab to learn more about new variant of H1N1 virus.” During the interview, Fauci shared a great breakthrough with Gupta regarding the original work that led to the discovery of H1N1 in 1957:

This two-chamber method that was initially successfully used to study influenza A viruses isolated from Japanese pigs turned out to be a precursor to the Viral Protein (VPC) family of proteins. The work in 1952 (when H1N1 virus was first isolated in Japan) identified a new family of virus proteins, such as the VPCs, for first time. As Dr. Fauci explains, a study that was done on the virus in the 1950s was a key to the discovery of H1N1:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18616309

Key insight in 2010

The CDC has received instructions from the Food and Drug Administration to proceed with a new study to learn more about the potential to evade the vaccine antibodies caused by the first vaccine in 1957. The CDC is currently looking at an inexpensive molecular diagnostic method that could detect antibodies in older persons. Although this antibody detection technique is not precise, the study will use this approach to answer some important questions. Further, Dr. Fauci noted that this does not mean there is a reason to be fearful:

http://cnn.it/10OY4lC

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