Recombinomics Commentary
St Jude has released full sequences (at Genbank) from four H5N1 avian isolates from Egypt. The PB1 and/or PB2 sequences from three of the isolates (A/chicken/Egypt/Q1182/2010, A/chicken/Egypt/Q1185/2010, A/chicken/Egypt/Q1011/2010) have extensive regions of identity with seasonal H1N1, seasonal H3N2, or H1N1pdm09, raising serious concerns regarding sequences in internal genes from human H5N1 cases.

NAMRU-3 has not released any H5N1 sequences from any human case since March, 2010. (Snip)

The recombination with human sequences seen in the avian isolates strongly suggests serious recombination in human H5N1 cases.

(It’s very frustrating to assess Egypt’s H5N1 state when they report no news. Until then, we won’t have a larger picture of the H5N1 situation between humans and birds.-cottontop)

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