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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.
Influenza Found in Bats
Jef Akst | Feb 28, 2012
A new subtype of the flu virus is identified in Guatemalan yellow-shouldered bats, and the virus may share its genes with the human version.
Bird Flu Prevalence Underestimated
Hannah Waters | Feb 23, 2012
Pooled data from H5N1 bird flu studies suggests that the World Health Organization may be underestimating infection and overestimating fatality.
Bird Flu Paper Publication Delayed
Jef Akst | Feb 17, 2012
The World Health Organization announced today that it recommends publishing the two controversial H5N1 papers in full, as soon as a few details are worked out. And Science is listening.
Experts Debate H5N1 Research
Megan Scudellari | Feb 17, 2012
A 2-day meeting may decide how much and which parts of 2 controversial H5N1 flu studies will be published.
Bird Flu Not Contagious Among People
Jef Akst | Jan 3, 2012
A Chinese health agency confirms that the strain of H5N1 bird flu that killed a Chinese man last month does not spread between humans.
A Universal Flu Vaccine?
Jef Akst | Jul 28, 2011
An antibody that binds 16 different flu viruses offers hope for the long-sought universal vaccine.