Tracking Influenza Virus Epidemics over the Past Century: Can We Predict Next Year's Epidemic?

Tracking Influenza Virus Epidemics over the Past..Year's Epidemic? - Arnold Levine

Arnold Levine
Institute For Advanced Study
December 5, 2007

Arnold LevineArnold J. Levine, Professor, The Simons Center for Systems Biology, School of Natural Sciences
Influenza viruses are unusual because we can become infected by a similar virus almost every year during our lifetime and occasionally there are worldwide pandemics that can cause many fatalities. Why does our usually excellent immune system fail us? How does this come about?