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Bird flu in mammals

An engineered influenza virus based on a haemagglutinin protein from H5N1 avian influenza, with just four mutations, can be transmitted between ferrets, emphasizing the potential for a human pandemic to emerge from birds. See Letter p.420

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Figure 1: Avian haemagglutinins transmissible in mammals.

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Yen, HL., Peiris, J. Bird flu in mammals. Nature 486, 332–333 (2012). https://doi.org/10.1038/nature11192

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