[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]

Montage of images and link description. Influenza 1918 Imagemap: linked to kids and home
The Film and More
Imagemap(text links below) of menu items
The American Experience

Dr. Jeffery Taubenberger on: Goals of Norway Team
 Dr. Taubenberger of the Armed Forces Inst. pf Patholgy Listen in Real Audio

One of the stated goals of that team is to attempt to culture live virus from these samples. I think it's extraordinarily unlikely. So unlikely that it's almost unimaginably unlikely that live virus would be recovered. Influenza viruses are very fragile. And even if the bodies were preserved and frozen as they are in permafrost to retain some RNA of the virus, the genetic material, I think it's almost inconceivable that live virus would be obtained. It was the case in the 1950's exhumations, when the samples were only half as old as they are now, they were only 38 years old, that no live virus was obtained.

Anyway, they are going to attempt that. Those attempts would be done under extremely tight biosafety measures. That is, there are only a certain few laboratories in the world that have these extreme biosafety containment laboratories. The CDC in Atlanta being one of them. Fort Detrick in Maryland, the Army's facility, being another.



back to Taubenberger menu | next

INTERVIEW | LETTER | CITY SNAPSHOTS | LATEST FINDINGS
FLU TRACKERS | VICTIMS

THE FILM & MORE | SPECIAL FEATURE | TIMELINE | MAPS
PEOPLE & EVENTS | TEACHER'S GUIDE

THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE | KIDS | SEARCH | FEEDBACK

WGBH | PBS Online

©

Exclusive Corporate Funding is provided by: