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Dogs in Southern China Host Several Strains of Flu
Sukanya Charuchandra | Jun 6, 2018
They may be a prospective source for an influenza pandemic, researchers warn.
Federal Ban Lifted on Studying Most Dangerous Pathogens
Kerry Grens | Dec 20, 2017
Only a few labs will earn funding for such “gain-of-function” research on SARS, MERS, and other deadly diseases.
Epidemiologist Who Helped Eradicate Smallpox Dies
Alison F. Takemura | Aug 22, 2016
Donald Henderson, who led the World Health Organization’s fight against the disease in the 1960s and ’70s, has passed away at age 87.
Week in Review: September 2–6
Tracy Vence | Sep 6, 2013
More than 320,000 mammalian viruses lurk; evolution of echolocation in bats and dolphins; accumulation of mutations in drug-resistant tuberculosis; senior researchers reluctant to retire
Bird Flu Mutation Risk
Ed Yong | Jun 6, 2013
Some H5N1 and H7N9 bird flu viruses could be one mutation away from spreading efficiently between humans.
Deliberating Over Danger
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.
Double Flu Infections Pose Risk
Edyta Zielinska | Nov 4, 2011
The bird flu virus infected several people who were also sick with seasonal flu, risking a genetic mixing of the two that could result in a greater threat.
1918 Flu Spread Before Peak
Tia Ghose | Sep 19, 2011
The 1918 influenza was circulating silently before it began killing millions of people in just a year and a half.
: Science Fact?
Tia Ghose | Sep 16, 2011
Soderbergh’s new pandemic thriller gets a lot of the science right, but does contain a few unlikely details.
Black Death Pathogen Extinct?
Tia Ghose | Aug 29, 2011
strain extracted from the bones of Black Death victims may no longer exist.