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Combining genetic and experimental data into models about the influenza virus can help predict more accurately which strains will be most common during the next winter, says a study published recently in eLife.

The models could make the design of flu vaccines more accurate, providing fuller protection against a virus that causes around half a million deaths each year globally.

Vaccines are the best protection we have against the flu. But the virus changes its appearance to our immune system every year, requiring researchers to update the vaccine to match. Since a new vaccine takes almost a year to make, flu researchers must predict which flu viruses look the most like the viruses of the future.

The gold-standard ways of studying influenza involve laboratory experiments looking at a key molecule that coats the virus called haemagglutinin. But these methods are labour-intensive and take a long time. Researchers have focused

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Combining genetic and experimental data into models about the influenza virus can help predict more accurately which strains will be most common during the next winter, says a study published recently in eLife.

The models could make the design of flu vaccines more accurate, providing fuller protection against a virus that causes around half a million deaths each year globally.

Vaccines are the best protection we have against the flu. But the virus changes its appearance to our immune system every year, requiring researchers to update the vaccine to match. Since a new vaccine takes almost a year to make, flu researchers must predict which flu viruses look the most like the viruses of the future.

The gold-standard ways of studying influenza involve laboratory experiments looking at a key molecule that coats the virus called haemagglutinin. But these methods are labor-intensive and take a long

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(Bloomberg) — Facebook Inc.’s announcement Thursday that it had shut down a network of phony accounts attempting to influence the November elections reinforced fears that people are working to use social media to undermine U.S. democracy. But unlike 2016, when most attention focused on campaigns associated with the Russian government, this year’s wave of disinformation is coming largely from President Donald Trump and his American supporters, a growing body of research shows, raising new challenges for social media companies. 



a close up of a sign: American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.


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American flags are displayed on privacy screens at a polling station in Louisville, Kentucky, U.S., on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. The fall election comes into better focus today, when Arkansas, Georgia, and Kentucky choose major-party nominees and runoffs will end months of uncertainty about which House candidates will be on the ballot in Texas.

Facebook tied the campaign it exposed Thursday to Rally Forge, a U.S. marketing firm hired

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