H5N1
CDC Reassigns Lab Regulation Chief
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.