A better understanding of the immune response to influenza is driving progress toward vaccines that protect against both seasonal and pandemic flu strains
Like all microorganisms, viruses can develop resistance to the drugs meant to treat them and not only in clinical situations. The rise of environmental resistance to antiviral drugs is a potential disaster we can avert, argues Josef Järhult of Uppsala University in Sweden, especially when it comes to influenza A, the virus that can lead to a human flu pandemic...
Understanding how the influenza virus replicates inside the body is helping researchers develop a wider range of antiviral drugs
Rapid molecular tests for influenza are as quick as older on-the-spot tests and much more accurate. But that might not be enough to drive widespread adoption
Scientists can track influenza in real time by monitoring social media, leading to more accurate predictions
Can the latest techniques speed up the dangerously slow production of flu vaccines?
Farms help to spread influenza, but they might be an early-warning system for the next human pandemic