Letter from the Director: Understanding the H1N1 Virus

Originally published in LabTalk (Volume 4, Issue 3, 2009), the quarterly newsletter of Aculabs. Novel H1N1 virus, known to be an influenza A-subtype, was originally referred to as “swine flu” because it is very similar to influenza viruses normally occurring in North American pigs (swine). Flu viruses are mainly spread from person to person through