Molecular virology: Was the 1918 flu avian in origin?

  title={Molecular virology: Was the 1918 flu avian in origin?},
  author={J. Antonovics and M. Hood and C. Baker},
  • J. Antonovics, M. Hood, C. Baker
  • Published 2006
  • Biology, Medicine
  • Nature
  • 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. 

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