Swine Flu / H1N1


Swine Flu / H1N1


The current Swine Flu (H1N1) strain is a melange of genetic RNA sequences from three separate hosts: piggy, bird and human. By a process called "reassortment" (sounds a lot like "mutation" to us, but we are nothing, if not techno-accurate!) a new strain is formed which may be highly virulent and transmissible.

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While the full implications of the threat are not yet determined, vaccines are in development for immunization to specific demographics. It's important that the public educate itself about this flu and its potential in order to make reasonable determinations for themselves and their families.


Our dazzling design features individual RNA strands from each host; the resulting H1N1 combo-strain composed of all three; and individual H1N1 viruses "accessorizing" the pandemic pattern.

Original images of H1N1 courtesy of Cynthia S. Goldsmith and Amanda Balish, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Ga.

For the "tie-in-the Petrie dish" set, this bowtie is part of our exclusive, ever-expanding BioBowª silk bow tie collection! With the help of our Bow-borne creative panel, we offer these awesomely adjustable, 100% silk, butterfly-winged, manual tying, coup de cravat! Thanks to Dr. Mark Dembert for afficianado specs and eagle eye, and to Dr. Timothy Overman for his continuing encouragment in the face of overwhelming obstacles ;)

100% silk 2.5" wings, 36" max length
Manual bow tie, no clip-on wimps!

Images are based on actual scientific images, and are made from highest quality, 100% silk. Designed to complement every wardrobe, from laboratory to boardroom, the patterns represent many of the most serious public health challenges facing our 21st century global community. And some are just for fun!

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of these items is donated to research or education.

Need a unique gift? "Dear Dad, Couldn't resist this for your birthday. Not only is it appropriate to your line of work, it also goes with your infectious sense of humor. Hope your birthday is a wonderful one!! Wear it in good health. Love to the birthday boy, Jonna, Matt and all the little bacteria." (Thanks to the Cooper Family)

These silk bow ties make an excellent doctor gift idea, or medical school graduation gift, and are ideal for promoting health awareness.