Ferret research could shed light on century-old pandemic

The 1918 influenza A pandemic occurred before the influenza virus had even been discovered, so there are many unknowns about the outbreak that can only be answered by working with animal models, work that could help scientists prevent future pandemics. Virologist Emmie de Wit also works with Ebola, Nipah virus and other virulent zoonotic pathogens, and her work examining the 1918 pathogen in ferrets could help determine how seasonal influenza viruses sometimes enter the brain.KNBA-FM (Anchorage, Alaska) (12/4)

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