Imaging influenza genomic RNA within a single cell. Credit: Seema S. Lakdawala/Pitt.
Imaging influenza genomic RNA within a single cell.

Flu viral structure reimagined

50-year-old model of flu virus structure revamped, revealing pandemic prediction possibilities.

The scientific textbook depiction of the flu virus is about to get a facelift, due to a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine team's discovery that a model of the influenza genome architecture untouched since the 1970s isn't so perfect after all.

The discovery, reported online and in a coming print issue of the journal Nucleic Acids Research, reveals loopholes in the way the virus packages its genetic material.

When one strain of flu co-mingles with another stra

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