Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 9:43 am
The past couple of months have been unsettling ones for meat eaters in Shanghai.
In March, more than 16,000 dead pigs showed up in a stretch of the Huangpu River — a main source of the city's drinking water.
There's been a buzz of activity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta since scientists got their first samples of a new bird flu virus from China four weeks ago.
Already they've prepared "seed strains" of the virus, called H7N9, and distributed them to vaccine manufacturers so the companies can grow them up and make them into experimental flu vaccine.
Originally published on Thu May 9, 2013 6:28 am
In biology, you can't get much simpler than viruses.
They stick onto cells, pop open and then dump their genes inside to reproduce.
But the naming of viruses isn't so easy to follow.