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Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne

By | June 21, 2012

The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.

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Rapid Bird Flu Test

By | June 4, 2012

New PCR assay can detect more than 40 strains of H5N1 in a single go.

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Bird Flu Transmission in Mammals

By | May 2, 2012

After much ado, Nature publishes the first report of a bird flu virus adapted for transmission in ferrets.

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Extended H5N1 Moratorium?

By | April 30, 2012

A US science official recommends extending moratorium on bird flu studies as well as other types of risky research.

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Publish H5N1 Papers, Says US Gov’t

By | April 23, 2012

The NIH agrees with the government advisory board’s recommendation to publish both controversial bird flu studies in full.

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White House Weighs in on H5N1

By | April 18, 2012

Science adviser John Holdren speaks out about how the Presidential Administration is handling the controversial research that rendered avian flu transmissible between ferrets.

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H5N1 Researcher to Defy Dutch Gov’t?

By | April 18, 2012

A virologist at the center of avian flu research controversy says he’ll publish without government permits.

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Bird Flu Papers to Publish

By | April 2, 2012

Biosecurity board recommends publication of data detailing transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza.

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Agents Provocateurs

By | April 1, 2012

Asking pointed questions is a key part of the scientific process.

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Deliberating Over Danger

By | April 1, 2012

The creation of H5N1 bird flu strains that are transmissible between mammals has thrown the scientific community into a heated debate about whether such research should be allowed and how it should be regulated.

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