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In order to test whether the flu virus in a sample, taken from a patient, matched an influenza vaccine virus, the sample needed to be grown in a cell culture, or an embryonated chicken egg. Growing the virus in cell culture, or eggs, produces a larger volume and concentration of virus than what was in the original sample. The larger volume of flu virus is needed for additional laboratory tests. Here, this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) scientist was in the process of using a small needle in order to puncture a hole in the top of each of these embryonated chicken eggs. A syringe will then be inserted into the hole, and inject influenza virus into a specific cavity (a sac) inside the egg. There the influenza virus will grow and multiply.
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Content Provider(s): CDC/ Emily Cramer
Creation Date: 2017
Photo Credit: Videographer: Todd Jordan
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