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Influenza pandemics: past and future

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2018 marks the centenary of the worst infectious disease outbreak to have affected modern man, the Spanish influenza pandemic. More than 50 million people around the world died as a result of infection by that deadly pathogen. Influenza pandemics arise every few decades from an aleatoric event of nature that gives opportunity for an animal virus to adapt to man. Understanding why some strains of avian influenza virus can manage this evolutionary trick but others do not will eventually allow us to better predict the human pandemic threat posed by each new virus as it emerges.

The talk is open to the public!

Start: 18:00 1hr talk followed by a Q&A, then cheese & wine & a chat!

Where: Pfizer lecture theatre, Chemistry department

Members: Free | Non-members: £3

This talk is part of the SciSoc – Cambridge University Scientific Society series.

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