Can computers predict the epidemic strains of seasonal influenza viruses?

Kimihito Ito
(Division of Bioinformatics, Research Center for Zoonosis Control, Hokkaido University)

2013/8/1, 16:30- at The 1st meeting room of the Biology Department (Room 1203, 2nd floor of the main building of the Faculty of Sciences)

Human influenza viruses mutate from time to time, causing annual epidemics worldwide. The strong immune pressure in the human population selects a new variant every year, and the antigenic change is one of the primary reasons why vaccination is not a perfect measure to control seasonal influenza. Thus prediction of antigenic change of influenza A virus has been one of the major public health goals. In this talk, bioinformatics technologies that have been developed to achieve this goal will be introduced.


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