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Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Avian Influenza Virus

hedwig_the_owl, at Living the Scientific Life, provides a comprehensive but accessible introduction to the biology of influenza. In the second fourth of what I hope to be a long series, Avian Influenza and the 'War on Birds', H_t_O makes the case for improving poultry farming methods and against the extermination of “wild, migratory and exotic pet birds” in efforts to contain the avian influenza virus.

{update: 03/31/05, 9:23 am} H_t_O directs us to 2 earlier posts on this topic:

Is Avian Influenza THAT deadly? (02/26/05)

Public Confusion Surrounding Influenza (03/06/05)

3 comments:

GrrlScientist said...

Thanks for noticing! I actually have four essays about avian influenza now. In addition to the two that you mention, I also have Public confusion surrounding influenza and Is avian influenza THAT deadly?

More essays about avian influenza are on the way, as are essays about prion diseases. (well, and a dinosaur essay and a few surprises, too).

Primer said...

You present highly technical information in an easily digestible format. Thanks for the essays and thanks for stopping by.

GrrlScientist said...

Thank you for noticing and for reading! And of course, I do pop in every morning. Have a good weekend.