CDC Reassigns Lab Regulation Chief
Bob Grant | Dec 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.
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.
CDC Halts Hazardous Biomaterial Transfers
Tracy Vence | Jul 11, 2014
Following recent high-profile safety lapses in government labs, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has placed a moratorium on movement of biological materials from BSL-3 and BSL-4 facilities.
First North American H5N1 Death
Abby Olena | Jan 9, 2014
A person in Canada has died of the first confirmed human case of H5N1 avian flu in North America.
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.
H5N1 Vaccine Approved
Jef Akst | Nov 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.
Week in Review: August 5–9
Jef Akst | Aug 9, 2013
Flu researchers propose H7N9 studies; NIH makes deal to share HeLa genome; herbal “remedies” can cause cancer; scientists record grid cell activity in humans
The Next Big One
Mary Beth Aberlin | Jun 1, 2013
As new infections surface and spread, science meets the challenges with ingenuity and adaptation.
Easy Jump for H5N1 from Bird to Mammal
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2013
Hybrid viruses derived from an H5N1 bird flu strain can infect guinea pigs through the air.
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.
Special Review for H5N1 Grants?
Jef Akst | Dec 4, 2012
The National Institutes of Health reveals a controversial plan to regulate the funding of H5N1 research.
Death Match
Jef Akst | Oct 1, 2012
Cockfighting and other cultural practices in Southeast Asia could greatly aid the spread of deadly diseases like bird flu.
Speaking of Science
The Scientist | Sep 1, 2012
September 2012's selection of notable quotes
Five Mutations Make H5N1 Airborne
Sabrina Richards | Jun 21, 2012
The second of the two controversial bird flu papers is published in Science, revealing that just five mutations can render the virus transmissible between ferrets.
Rapid Bird Flu Test
Cristina Luiggi | Jun 4, 2012
New PCR assay can detect more than 40 strains of H5N1 in a single go.
Bird Flu Transmission in Mammals
Ruth Williams | May 2, 2012
After much ado, Nature publishes the first report of a bird flu virus adapted for transmission in ferrets.
Extended H5N1 Moratorium?
Cristina Luiggi | Apr 30, 2012
A US science official recommends extending moratorium on bird flu studies as well as other types of risky research.
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.
H5N1 Researcher to Defy Dutch Gov’t?
Megan Scudellari | Apr 18, 2012
A virologist at the center of avian flu research controversy says he’ll publish without government permits.