Biosecurity Issues

Recent News

Apr 14, 2014

Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread

Dutch researchers say they've found five mutations that make H5N1 airborne transmissible in ferrets.

Oct 01, 2013

News Scan for Oct 01, 2013

More Saudi MERS cases
Boston BSL-4 lab clears hurdle
Colorado TB investigation
Hepatitis C screening
Polio in South Sudan
Sep 06, 2013

Think tank sees big risks in flu gain-of-function research

A new assessment says that avian flu "gain of function" research poses a serious outbreak risk.

Aug 14, 2013

Study: Technique adds 'kill switch' to modified flu viruses

A new molecular strategy could diffuse some of the controversy over lab-modified flu viruses.

Jun 18, 2013

Doubts about BioWatch program aired in Congress again

Doubts about BioWatch were aired in Congress today, with a House committee chair criticizing plans and a top federal disease expert expressing concerns.

May 02, 2013

Study: Lab-made H5N1-H1N1 viruses spread in guinea pigs

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese scientists report that lab-generated hybrid viruses combining genes from avian H5N1 and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (pH1N1) influenza viruses can achieve airborne spread between guinea pigs, a finding that seems likely to renew the debate about the risks of creating novel viruses that might be able to spark a human pandemic.

Apr 25, 2013

Study: Lab-derived H5N1 virus component binds to human receptors

(CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that a lab-derived hybrid H5N1 influenza virus that is capable of airborne transmission among ferrets may well be capable of doing the same thing in humans.

Resources & Literature

Recent Literature

Gangadharan D, Smith J, Weyant R. Biosafety recommendations for work with influenza viruses containing a hemagglutinin from the A/goose/Guangdong/1/96 lineage. MMWR 2013 Jun 28;62(rr06):1-7

Higgins JJ, Weaver P, Fitch P, et al. Implementation of a personnel reliability program as a facilitator of biosafety and biosecurity culture in BSL-3 and BSL-4 laboratories. Biosec Bioterror 2013 Jun 18;11(2):130-7

Lipkin WI. Biocontainment in gain-of-function infectious disease research. (Commentary) mBio 2012 Oct 9;3(5):e00290-12 

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