Scientists create hybrid flu that can go airborne

@article{Yong2013ScientistsCH,
  title={Scientists create hybrid flu that can go airborne},
  author={Ed Yong},
  journal={Nature},
  year={2013}
}
  • E. Yong
  • Published 2 May 2013
  • Engineering
  • Nature
H5N1 virus with genes from H1N1 can spread through the air between mammals. 

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