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Genome Digest

By | April 16, 2015

What researchers are learning as they sequence, map, and decode species’ genomes


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Unraveling H7N9’s History

By | December 30, 2014

An analysis of stored samples shows that H7N9 precursor H9N2, a virus widespread in chickens, has shown increased fitness in recent years.


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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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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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New Bird Flu Found in Penguins

By | May 6, 2014

Scientists have identified for the first time an avian influenza that infects penguins.


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Not Swine Flu

By | February 18, 2014

The strain of influenza that caused the 1918 pandemic probably came from birds, a study shows.


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New Bird Flu Threat?

By | February 4, 2014

Chinese officials report the first two human cases of H10N8 avian influenza, one of which is linked to the death of a 73-year-old woman.


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Person-to-Person H7N9?

By | January 20, 2014

The death of a medical worker in China prompts worries that the virus can spread between humans.


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Opinion: The Fatality Burden

By | December 17, 2013

Some gain-of-function influenza research poses a significant public health threat and should be banned.

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H6N1 Can Affect Humans

By | November 14, 2013

Taiwanese scientists confirm the first person to have been infected by the H6N1 strain of avian flu.



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