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Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research

By | October 21, 2014

In the wake of a handful of biosafety lapses at federal research facilities, the US government is temporarily halting funding for new studies aiming to give novel functions to influenza, SARS, and MERS viruses.

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Dangerous Research Regs Released

By | September 25, 2014

The US government releases its policy on so-called dual-use research involving dangerous pathogens that could be used for biological terrorist attacks.

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Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?

By | August 19, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention scientist who accidentally leaked H5N1 into a benign strain of avian influenza may have been rushing off to a meeting.

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First North American H5N1 Death

By | January 9, 2014

A person in Canada has died of the first confirmed human case of H5N1 avian flu in North America.

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European Researchers Urge H5N1 Caution

By | January 2, 2014

A group of scientists has called on the European Commission to evaluate the risks and benefits of research that could make deadly viruses more transmissible.

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H5N1 Vaccine Approved

By | November 25, 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration OKs a vaccine against the virus that last year had the scientific community debating the regulation of deadly pathogen research.

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H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle

By | November 6, 2013

The Dutch scientist who mutated a strain of the avian flu virus to be transmissible between mammals is headed to appeals court to protect his right to publish the work unimpeded.

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Safe Flu Research Strategy

By | August 12, 2013

Researchers develop a new “molecular biocontainment” strategy for safely studying deadly flu viruses.

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Week in Review: August 5–9

By | August 9, 2013

Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans

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Regulating Dangerous Research

By | February 23, 2013

The US government has come out with new rules for life science research deemed risky.

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