The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and outbreak risk along the way.
The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic
The Long Journey to Resolve the Origins of a Previous Pandemic

Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and outbreak risk along the way.

Dozens of researchers, including myself, worked for years to uncover that swine flu had leapt to humans from a pig in Mexico in 2009. We learned a lot about influenza evolution, pig farming, and outbreak risk along the way.

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Participant’s Diagnosis Halts Gene Therapy Clinical Trial
Participant’s Diagnosis Halts Gene Therapy Clinical Trial
Amanda Heidt | Aug 12, 2021
The FDA pauses the research program on a lentivirus-based treatment for a rare neurological condition after a patient developed a bone marrow disorder that could presage leukemia.
Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Not Linked to Cancer, Bluebird Finds
Gene Therapy for Sickle Cell Not Linked to Cancer, Bluebird Finds
Lisa Winter | Mar 11, 2021
Clinical trials were halted after the treatment’s vector that ferries in the healthy genetic sequence was identified in the genome of a patient’s cancer cells.
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Infographic: Trans-kingdom Interactions in the Gut
Catherine Offord | Feb 1, 2021
Phages interact with bacteria and eukaryotic cells in ways that researchers suspect influence mammalian health.
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Insects Pass Antiviral Immunity to Offspring
Abby Olena | Dec 17, 2020
In both Drosophila and mosquitoes, protection lasts for generations following a single maternal exposure to positive-sense single-stranded RNA viruses.
Thwarting AAV-Neutralizing Antibodies Could Improve Gene Therapy
Thwarting AAV-Neutralizing Antibodies Could Improve Gene Therapy
Emma Yasinski | Sep 25, 2020
Adeno-associated viral vectors can deliver gene therapies, but AAV-neutralizing antibodies might prevent the medicines from working.
Vector-Based Vaccines Come to the Fore in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Vector-Based Vaccines Come to the Fore in the COVID-19 Pandemic
Anthony King | Sep 8, 2020
Adenovirus vectors deliver the genetic instructions for SARS-CoV-2 antigens directly into patients’ cells, provoking a robust immune response. But will pre-existing immunity from common colds take them down?
Dog Study Revives Concerns About Virus Used for Gene Therapy
Dog Study Revives Concerns About Virus Used for Gene Therapy
Jef Akst | Jan 6, 2020
Canines treated with an adeno-associated viral (AAV) vector showed evidence that the therapeutic DNA held within the virus can integrate into the host genome, risking the activation of oncogenes.
Strategies for Smuggling Gene Therapies Past the Immune System
Strategies for Smuggling Gene Therapies Past the Immune System
Monique Brouillette | Jul 15, 2019
Researchers are devising ways to prevent viral vectors carrying gene therapies from triggering an immune response.
Image of the Day: Ringspots
Image of the Day: Ringspots
Carolyn Wilke | Jan 25, 2019
Tiny insects carry the tomato spotted wilt virus, which causes infected plants to develop discolored ring-shape blotches.
CRISPR Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Helps Dogs
CRISPR Treatment for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy Helps Dogs
Catherine Offord | Aug 31, 2018
Researchers boosted levels of the dystrophin protein to nearly normal levels in a canine model of the disease.
World’s Largest Cell and Gene Therapy Plant Opens
World’s Largest Cell and Gene Therapy Plant Opens
Catherine Offord | Apr 10, 2018
Lonza will employ more than 200 full-time staff to work at the Texas-based facility, the company says.
Severe Toxicity Reported in High-Dose AAV Gene Therapy in Animals
Severe Toxicity Reported in High-Dose AAV Gene Therapy in Animals
Jim Daley | Jan 31, 2018
Biotech stocks fell in response to the news. 
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
CRISPR Proves Promising for Treating ALS in Mice
Katarina Zimmer | Dec 20, 2017
The gene-editing tool was effective in disabling a defective gene responsible for some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.