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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.
Hope for Universal Flu Vax?
Jef Akst | Aug 26, 2015
Two studies point to the possibility that a single vaccine could protect against every strain of flu virus.
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.
Dangerous Research Regs Released
Jef Akst | Sep 25, 2014
The US government releases its policy on so-called dual-use research involving dangerous pathogens that could be used for biological terrorist attacks.
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.
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.
H5N1 Researcher Continues Legal Battle
Bob Grant | Nov 6, 2013
The Dutch scientist who mutated a strain of the avian flu virus to be transmissible between mammals is headed to appeals court to protect his right to publish the work unimpeded.
Safe Flu Research Strategy
Chris Palmer | Aug 12, 2013
Researchers develop a new “molecular biocontainment” strategy for safely studying deadly flu viruses.