Genetic coding posted online helps decipher new flu


By Faye Flam
The Philadelphia Inquirer

WASHINGTON — Within days of recognizing that a flu virus might be killing healthy young people in Mexico, scientists were able to decipher its genetic fingerprint and post it on the Web.

The unprecedented speed of that decoding showed early on that the world was confronting a new virus — one for which humans might have little or no immunity. The genetic sleuthing is starting to reveal where this virus came from and is guiding the race to create a vaccine.

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