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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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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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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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Evolution of H7N9

By | September 20, 2013

Genetic diversity helped avian influenza A viruses make the leap from birds to humans, researchers report.


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Week in Review: June 3–7

By | June 7, 2013

Crowdsourcing biomedical research; bird flu contagion?; zebrafish shed light on inherited muscle disorder; the economics of the Human Genome Project; the epigenetics of pair bonding


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Factoring in Face Time

By | June 1, 2013

How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV


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Week in Review: May 27–30

By | May 31, 2013

The mosquito’s role in malaria virulence; the value of grant review; Europe must embrace GM crops; why roaches avoid sugary bait


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Week in Review: April 29 – May 2

By | May 3, 2013

The brain’s role in aging; tracking disease; understanding the new flu virus; no autism-Lyme link; one drug’s journey from bench to bedside


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Characterizing H7N9

By | April 26, 2013

What scientists are learning about the zoonotic flu virus that has infected more than 100 people in China since February


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