Spotlight: MISMS collaborator Andrew Bowman’s studies in US exhibition swine

Last week, the work of Dr Andrew Bowman, Ohio State University, was highlighted in Yahoo news.  Dr Bowman has been tracking influenza viruses in US exhibition swine since 2009.  In 2016, Dr Bowman co-authored two studies with MISMS researchers examining how novel viruses with pandemic potential evolve in exhibition swine.  One study, published in January 2016 in the Journal of Infectious Diseases, identified the active role of exhibition swine in the evolution of novel variant viruses that have infected over 300 humans in the United States since 2011.  A second study, published online in September 2016 in the Journal of Virology, traces long-term evolutionary trends of influenza viruses in exhibition swine and demonstrates how these can be used to predict outbreaks of variant swine viruses in humans.