Two papers win the Lancet's Paper of The Year 2005
EMBARGO: 00:01H (London time) Friday February 24, 2006. In North America the embargo lifts at 18:30H ET Thursday February 23, 2006.Two papers on the characterization of the 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus have won The Lancet's Paper of the Year 2005.
One of the papers--"Characterization of the 1918 influenza virus polymerase genes" published in Nature--details the final three genes of the 1918 human influenza virus, which is thought to have killed up to 50 million people. While authors of the other winning paper--"Characterization of the reconstructed 1918 Spanish influenza pandemic virus" published in Science--used the full genome sequence to recreate the virus and study its effects in mice.
In a Comment, The Lancet states: "The editors congratulate the 16 authors, for completing a fascinating piece of research that could prove to be crucially important when the next influenza pandemic breaks."
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