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CDC Reassigns Lab Regulation Chief

By Bob Grant | December 9, 2015

After a string of breaches involving anthrax, Ebola, and bird flu, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reportedly replaced the director of its Division of Select Agents and Toxins.

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Hope for Universal Flu Vax?

By Jef Akst | August 26, 2015

Two studies point to the possibility that a single vaccine could protect against every strain of flu virus.

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Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research

By Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | 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 Jef Akst | 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 Abby Olena | 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 Bob Grant | 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 Jef Akst | 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 Bob Grant | 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 Chris Palmer | August 12, 2013

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

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