What tells us that this new form of H1N1 is swine flu and not regular old human flu or avian flu?
If we had a lab, we might use antibodies, but when you're a digital biologist, you use a computer.
Activity 4. Picking influenza sequences and comparing them with phylogenetic trees
We can get the genome sequences, piece by piece, as I described in earlier, but the NCBI has other tools that are useful, too.
The Influenza Virus Resource will let us pick sequences, align them, and make trees so we can quickly compare the sequences to each ... Read more