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First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed
Shawna Williams | Feb 15, 2018
The woman, a resident of southeast China, has since recovered.
Moratorium on Gain-of-Function Research
Jef Akst | Oct 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.
Haste Caused CDC Bird Flu Contamination?
Jef Akst | Aug 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.
European Researchers Urge H5N1 Caution
Bob Grant | Jan 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.
H6N1 Can Affect Humans
Tracy Vence | Nov 14, 2013
Taiwanese scientists confirm the first person to have been infected by the H6N1 strain of avian flu.
Evolution of H7N9
Erin Weeks | Sep 20, 2013
Genetic diversity helped avian influenza A viruses make the leap from birds to humans, researchers report.
Week in Review: June 3–7
Jef Akst | Jun 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
Factoring in Face Time
Adam Kucharski | Jun 1, 2013
How the study of human social interactions is helping researchers understand the spread of diseases like influenza and HIV
Week in Review: May 27–30
Jef Akst | 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
Week in Review: April 29 – May 2
Jef Akst | 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