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Real-time tool for predicting outbreaks advances in Open Science Prize competition

Nextstrain, which tracks viral mutations, wins first phase of international competition

May 9, 2016 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

A software tool for tracking viral disease outbreaks developed by researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Max Planck Institutes has won the first phase of the first-ever Open Science Prize, an international competition aimed at making both the results and the process of research widely accessible to the public.

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When flu viruses join forces

Certain influenza variants infect cells better together than apart, new study shows

March 15, 2016 | By Rachel Tompa / Fred Hutch News Service

Fred Hutch researchers have discovered that two flu strains can join forces, growing in infected cells in the lab better than either strain alone.

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Good News at Fred Hutch

Celebrating faculty and staff achievements

Nov. 19, 2015 | By Fred Hutch News Service staff

More than a dozen Fred Hutch scientists and staff participated in the ninth annual Life Sciences Research Weekend Nov. 6-8 at Pacific Science Center in Seattle. Read about this and more Good News at Fred Hutch.

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Viruses on a plane!

Flu that infects mainly children circles globe more slowly than types that hit jet-setting adults

June 8, 2015 | By Mary Engel / Fred Hutch News Service

Influenza viruses that infect mainly children circulate more slowly worldwide than those that infect mainly adults. The difference may be explained by an increasingly important factor in the spread of infectious diseases: modern air travel.

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Fight the flu with Netflix?

Staying home and avoiding others can put a big dent in an epidemic, new TV-flu study finds

Jan. 22, 2015 | By Diane Mapes / Fred Hutch News Service

We've heard the advice: If you get sick with the flu, stay home to rest and prevent the spread. Now, a new study that looked at home television viewing during the 2009 H1N1 flu epidemic in Mexico shows just how much staying at home and avoiding contact with others can actually quell the spread of infectious diseases like the flu.

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Flu season will likely be more severe this year, CDC predicts

Strain has mutated, dimming the vaccine’s effectiveness – but it’s still worth it to get one, experts say

Dec. 5, 2014 | By Dr. Sabrina Richards / Fred Hutch News Service

This year’s flu season may be particularly grim due to an unexpected shift in influenza strains, predicts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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