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Looking to the past for a flu vaccine for the future

For centuries it has silently stalked us, killing tens of millions of people and evading all the best efforts at a permanent cure. It is influenza, a potentially lethal bug whose unique ability to reinvent itself in deadlier forms has prompted researchers to dub it the "last great virus" facing humanity. CBC Archives explores the deadly history of influenza and looks at what's being done to avoid a new global pandemic.

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Scientists study DNA from 1918 pandemic victims for a vaccine against the next killer flu.
Medium: Radio
Program: The World This Weekend
Broadcast Date: Nov. 24, 1996
Host: Bernie McNamee
Reporter: Harry Forrestell
Duration: 6:46

Last updated: December 20, 2012

Page consulted on September 10, 2014

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