February 20th, 2007

A Collection of Articles on Influenza from PLoS Medicine and other PLoS Journals

Dear Colleague,

We’d like to draw your attention to this collection of peer-reviewed open-access research articles from PLoS Medicine and other PLoS Journals, which covers various aspects of influenza biology and control.

Published earlier this week, the collection also contains a research article entitled “Cross-Reactive Neuraminidase Antibodies Afford Partial Protection against H5N1 in Mice and Are Present in Unexposed Humans” by Richard J. Webby et al. and a perspective on this piece entitled "Can Immunity Induced by the Human Influenza Virus N1 Neuraminidase Provide Some Protection from Avian Influenza H5N1 Viruses?” by Laura Gillim-Ross and Kanta Subbarao.

Ever since the initial outbreaks of H5N1 influenza in poultry in Asia and the first human cases, there has been debate about the approach needed to enhance global preparedness for a possible pandemic. The collection includes articles on the latest research results and thinking on topics including influenza biology, vaccine research, pandemic preparedness, disease modeling, and public health issues.

PLoS Medicine believes that medical research is an international public resource. The journal provides an open-access venue for important, peer-reviewed advances in all disciplines. With the ultimate aim of improving human health, it encourages research and comment that address the global burden of disease.

With best regards,
PLoS Medicine