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Alaska Science Forum: Villager's remains led to 1918 flu breakthrough

...the virus responsible for the 1918 Spanish flu, the killer of millions of people, was the end of a long journey for Johan Hultin. Hultin, 90, twice retrieved samples of the virus from the lungs of flu victims preserved by permafrost in an Alaska...

http://juneauempire.com/outdoors/2014-11-21/alaska-science-forum-villagers-remai
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Scientists thank villagers for role in flu study

...in the permafrost here. This crucial progress was possible only because of the villagers, said retired pathologist Johan Hultin, who exhumed flu victims in 1951 and 1997. "Without your permission to let me find the right specimen, nothing would...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/120805/sta_20051208003.shtml
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