Molecular virology: Was the 1918 flu avian in origin?

  title={Molecular virology: Was the 1918 flu avian in origin?},
  author={Janis Antonovics and Michael E. Hood and Christi Howell Baker},
Arising from: J. K. Taubenberger et al. 437, 889–893 (2005); see also communication from Gibbs and Gibbs; Taubenberger et al. replyTaubenberger 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. 
Molecular virology: Was the 1918 pandemic caused by a bird flu? Was the 1918 flu avian in origin? (Reply)
We have proposed that the virus responsible for the 1918 human influenza pandemic was avian-like, which to us is a reasonable interpretation of all the available data from phylogenetic, sequence,
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