Also, in the fourth part of their series, Revere points out that a mutation found in the viruses polymerase (PB2) gene was found and that it determines the enzymes ability to function in colder temperatures. The cite for the study that looked at the ability of influenza to grow at lower temperatures is here (and it's free!), with the most interesting point is the authors almost psychic prediction:
Our results suggest that a reduced ability of the polymerase complex of avian viruses to ensure replication of the viral genome at 33°C could contribute to their inability to grow efficiently in humans.Interestingly enough the study is from 2001 and it appears this is exactly what the virus has done fairly recently. Unlike the previous encounter with SARS, which fizzled into nothing as it didn't mutate very often, it's the ability of H5N1 and other influenza viruses to rapidly develop new mutations like those in the turkey strains that makes a pandemic a real threat and not just 'media hype'.