The Public Library of Science launched a new website, PLoS Currents. According to a post by Harold Varmus, it is "a new and experimental website for the rapid communication of research results and ideas." The first of the PLoS Currents sites will focus on influenza and contributions can range from epidemiology to genomics and from virology to policy.

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