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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu

By Sukanya Charuchandra | June 6, 2018

They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.  

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Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens

By Kerry Grens | December 20, 2017

Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.

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Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies

By Alison F. Takemura | August 22, 2016

Donald Henderson, who led the World Health Organization’s fight against the disease in the 1960s and ’70s, has passed away at age 87.

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Week in Review: September 2–6

By Tracy Vence | September 6, 2013

More than 320,000 mammalian viruses lurk; evolution of echolocation in bats and dolphins; accumulation of mutations in drug-resistant tuberculosis; senior researchers reluctant to retire

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Bird Flu Mutation Risk

By Ed Yong | June 6, 2013

Some H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses could be one mutation away from spreading efficiently between humans.

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Deliberating Over Danger

By The Scientist Staff | 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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Double Flu Infections Pose Risk

By Edyta Zielinska | November 4, 2011

The bird flu virus infected several people who were also sick with seasonal flu, risking a genetic mixing of the two that could result in a greater threat.

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1918 Flu Spread Before Peak

By Tia Ghose | September 19, 2011

The 1918 influenza was circulating silently before it began killing millions of people in just a year and a half.

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Contagion: Science Fact?

By Tia Ghose | September 16, 2011

Soderbergh’s new pandemic thriller gets a lot of the science right, but does contain a few unlikely details.

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Black Death Pathogen Extinct?

By Tia Ghose | August 29, 2011

The Yersinia pestis strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.

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