It may be a hat trick for Niman.
New H1N1 pandemic
Possible H5N1 pandemic
Viruses and elegant evolution. Still can't understand why they must be highly pathogenic when the aim is to evolve.
They don't "have" to be highly pathogenic, but the sobering thing is, that in an overpopulated world, or poultry house, or stockyard, highly pathogenic viruses CAN evolve. In this day and time, they CAN afford to kill a victim fast, and STILL be successful. It's not their "aim" viruses don't think... it's just what can happen when the next host is only inches away. Viruses like that didn't stand a chance back when chickens ran around in a yard, and when ducks swam in a lake, and when pigs roamed around in the woods. But we interfered with all of that, a long time ago.