We’ve heard about lab experiments on influenza that mutate the virus to investigate how genetic changes could alter how infectious or deadly it is. But what are these gain-of-function experiments, how and where are they conducted, and what have we learned from them so far?
A group of experts came to the SMC to discuss aspects including:
Dr Michael Skinner, Senior Lecturer in Virology, Imperial College London
Prof Wendy Barclay, Chair in Influenza Virology, Imperial College London
Dr John McCauley, Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Influenza, MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR)