Solved by a verified expert:Do you think influenza will be the next pandemic or do you think it may be another virus? What other types of transmission could cause a pandemic? Could influenza virus be used a biological weapon? Should be roughly 4 paragraphs with specific examples as to your reasoning. It is important to note influenza viruses are RNA viruses and possess rather “sloppy” replication. There are eight RNA segments. When two different strains of influenza infect the same organism, these RNA molecules can combine to form a novel strain. This is called antigenic shift and it occurs rapidly. Influenza also undergoes antigenic drift, where one strain of the virus mutates within itself. This gradual evolution is very common, but occurs much more slowly, thus the name drift.