May 7, 2009
First Swine Flu Genetic Sequencing Complete
Officials said Wednesday that the first genetic sequencing of the H1N1 swine flu virus has been completed by Canadian scientists, which will be vital to understanding the outbreak and developing a vaccine.
"It gives me great pleasure to be able to announce today that our knowledge of the H1N1 flu virus has taken a great step forward," Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq told a press conference.
Aglukkaq added that preliminary analysis showed the trio of samples "do not differ significantly at the genetic level."
"This is the first complete sequencing of the H1N1 flu virus and it's vitally important to our understanding of this outbreak," she said.