Recombination of Viral Genome

More than 144 sub-types of influenza A exist today. How is that possible? Scholars view an animation of a cell being attacked by two different strains of the flu. Then the strains mix, creating an entirely new third strain. The idea of recombination and mutation explains why so many different strains occur simultaneously.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Learn about the development of the flu vaccine
Classroom Considerations
  • Relies on prior knowledge of RNA, translation, transcription, and viruses
  • Provides MOV, MWV, and online streaming formats
  • Requires only a few minutes of class time to share
  • Includes a full transcript for ease of note taking
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