NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Researchers from the Centres for Disease Control in Taiwan have isolated and genetically characterized a type of bird flu virus from a 20-year-old woman that had not been seen before in humans, as they reported in Lancet Respiratory Medicine yesterday.

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