Understanding Influenza

Edward C. Hutchinson, Yohei Yamauchi

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Influenza, a serious illness of humans and domesticated animals, has been studied intensively for many years. It therefore provides an example of how much we can learn from detailed studies of an infectious disease and of how even the most intensive scientific research leaves further questions to answer. This introduction is written for researchers who have become interested in one of these unanswered questions, but who may not have previously worked on influenza. To investigate these questions, researchers must not only have a firm grasp of relevant methods and protocols; they must also be familiar with the basic details of our current understanding of influenza. This article therefore briefly covers the burden of disease that has driven influenza research, summarizes how our thinking about influenza has evolved over time, and sets out key features of influenza viruses by discussing how we classify them and what we understand of their replication. It does not aim to be comprehensive, as any researcher will read deeply into the specific areas that have grasped their interest. Instead, it aims to provide a general summary of how we came to think
about influenza in the way we do now, in the hope that the reader’s own research will help us to understand
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInfluenza Virus
Subtitle of host publicationMethods and Protocols
PublisherHumana Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781493986781
ISBN (Print)9781493986774
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 28 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameMethods in Molecular Biology
ISSN (Print)1064-3745


  • Influenza
  • Introduction
  • History
  • Taxonomy
  • Replication cycle


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