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Theme of the day (again, sort of): managing expectation, or Do I panic or just ignore this thing and scoff at those who express concern? Neither, of course. I’m personally provisionally encouraged at the aggregated news from yesterday — meaning I was glad to see that though the virus is spreading, its pace doesn’t seem…

Nature’s Declan Butler looks at how baffled virologists are as they examine this virus’s DNA: Researchers are scrambling to study the evolution and spread of the novel H1N1 strain of swine influenza whose leap to humans was officially confirmed last week…. The genetic make-up of this swine flu virus is unlike any that researchers have…

This swine flu business is moving fast now, with confirmed or reported cases popping up everywhere and the first reported death outside Mexico — a 23-month-old child in Texas — reported this morning. As Effect Measure notes Some of the fear [generated in the U.S. by this deat] will be lessened by the new knowledge…

Flu news you can use

The excellent blog H5N1 (now covering H1N1 as well, and all over it), points us to the New York Times for an op-ed by John M. Barry, author of the definitive history of the Spanish flu in the US: Where Will the Swine Flu Go Next? Excerpt: As the swine flu threatens to become the…

Swine flu and the Mexico mystery

“Swine Flu and the Mexico Mystery,” my story on the swine-flu outbreak, is up at Slate. It looks at a question hotly pursued right now: Why does this flu seem to take a much deadlier course in Mexico than elsewhere so far? The answers will suggest much about what’s to come. Of the two two…