Scientists recreate ‘Frankenstein’ version of 1918 flu

Washington Post article on scientists who re-created the 1918-19 flu virus to learn more about the deadly strain.

Experiments in monkeys reveal that the 1918 virus came with the pre-packaged capacity to limit the immune system’s ability to fight back in the first few days after infection.

The research provides further evidence that the 1918 virus had traits not found in other flu viruses and that it was the body’s frantic effort to fight it that ultimately killed many victims.

The virus killed tens of millions of people.


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