by Beldeu Singh
There appears to be the most complete analysis of H1N1 (NST, p44, June 7, 2009) and Dr Nancy Cox, Chief of the influenza division at the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention says that the results of their study show the global need for a more systematic surveillance of influenza viruses in pigs. That suggestion may be only partially correct but it is of critical importance in view of their researcher’s findings that clearly confirm that that the H1N1 is a new virus which is a “mixture of mixtures”. We may need more than a systematic surveillance.
It is unlikely that such a virus had been “circulating undetected among swine herds somewhere in the world.” And it is unlikely that pigs were the source of the current human pandemic, not even a remote potential. They have not yet seen this new virus infecting swine. Let’s consider the facts about this new virus and relate it to mutation and evolutionary biology.
The researchers confirm...