Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study
Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study
An influenza virus identified in pigs in China has a concerning mix of genes, but experts say there is no way to know if it will evolve to be transmissible between humans.
Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study
Swine Flu Strain Has Pandemic Potential: Study

An influenza virus identified in pigs in China has a concerning mix of genes, but experts say there is no way to know if it will evolve to be transmissible between humans.

An influenza virus identified in pigs in China has a concerning mix of genes, but experts say there is no way to know if it will evolve to be transmissible between humans.

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First Human Case of H7N4 Bird Flu Confirmed
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Characterizing H7N9
Characterizing H7N9
Kate Yandell | Apr 26, 2013
What scientists are learning about the zoonotic flu virus that has infected more than 100 people in China since February
Mysterious Avian Influenza in China
Mysterious Avian Influenza in China
Kate Yandell | Apr 3, 2013
Two people have died and five have fallen ill from the H7N9 virus.
Bird Flu Research to Resume
Bird Flu Research to Resume
Dan Cossins | Jan 24, 2013
After a year-long voluntary moratorium to discuss regulations and safety measures, scientists are set to resume controversial H5N1 research.
H5N1 Moratorium Extended
Edyta Zielinska | Aug 2, 2012
The head of a US infectious disease funding body urges researchers to continue the voluntary cessation of research on avian influenza.
Publish H5N1 Papers, Says US Gov’t
Jef Akst | Apr 23, 2012
The NIH agrees with the government advisory board’s recommendation to publish both controversial bird flu studies in full.
White House Weighs in on H5N1
Jef Akst | Apr 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.
Deliberating Over Danger
The Scientist Staff | Apr 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.
Risky Research Review
Jef Akst | Mar 30, 2012
A new policy will require federal agencies to perform a careful review of research involving 15 pathogens and toxins that could be used for bioterrorism, including H5N1.
Bird Flu Research Reconsidered
Hannah Waters | Mar 1, 2012
Biosecurity agency will give controversial H5N1 bird flu research another look-over in light of new data and clarification.