New Swine Flu Concerns San Diego Scientists
As an evolutionary biologist specializing in influenza at UC San Diego, Pascal Gagneux is concerned by a new strain of the H1N1 virus that has emerged in China.
This version of swine flu has already migrated from pigs to humans and shows the potential for spreading from human to human. It is something he believes bears close watching.
Gagneux talked with Midday Edition about this new threat and about the role viruses have played in human history. Much of humankind's trouble with viral illness stems from our insatiable urge to go everywhere, see everything, and understand it all. To do this, we necessarily disturb, transfer and interfere with viruses and bacteria.
Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institutes of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said last week that so far, there is no indication of human-to-human transmission of this new virus.