Gene Database Gives Researchers Access To Bird Flu, Other Virus Info - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Software // Information Management
News
8/24/2006
04:32 PM
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
Useing Threat Data to Improve Your Cyber Defense
Aug 10, 2017
Attend this webinar to learn how you can determine which threats pose the greatest danger to your ...Read More>>

Gene Database Gives Researchers Access To Bird Flu, Other Virus Info

The database will make it easier for researchers to track virus mutations, including strains that pass from human to human.

Fortunately, flu season is still a few months away. However, researchers and scientists who study flu viruses--including those developing vaccines for Avian flu--have a new online resource to access the genetic blueprints for several hundred influenza viruses.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Association of Public Health Laboratories are contributing genetic sequencing data on more than 650 flu viruses to a database.

The data is available in near real-time though Genbank, a public-access library for virus sequences managed by the National Institutes of Health, and through an influenza database housed at Los Alamos National Laboratories.

The information added will include viruses from the annual flu season in the United States, from patient samples collected by pubic health labs, and any animal flu viruses that infect humans. It will also include any "novel" strains that may emerge, including bird influenza H5N1.

"This will also make it easier for researchers to monitor mutations" of flu viruses, says a CDC spokeswoman. These mutations include the genomic sequencing of H5NI that might indicate changes in Avian viruses evolving into strains that can pass from human-to-human contact.

The information can also aid researchers in identifying changes in viruses indicating resistance to anti-viral drugs, the spokeswoman says.

Currently, the database will contain genetic information only about viruses isolated in the United States. However "moves are under way" to include data from other countries, such as Indonesia, where there have been a number of confirmed cases of human Avian flu.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
IT Strategies to Conquer the Cloud
Chances are your organization is adopting cloud computing in one way or another -- or in multiple ways. Understanding the skills you need and how cloud affects IT operations and networking will help you adapt.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll