News & Perspective

Jan 07, 2016

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

Jul 17, 2015

Jul 17, 2015
BSL-3 lab

Feds propose adding H5N1 to HHS select agent list

The CDC proposes adding certain H5N1 viruses to HHS's select agent list; experts have varied reactions.

Jul 11, 2014

Jul 11, 2014
BSL-4 lab worker

More problems shutter CDC labs, prompt review

In addition to recent problems with anthrax and smallpox, high-path avian flu has now entered the mix.

May 22, 2014

May 22, 2014
BSL-3 lab

Experts call for alternatives to 'gain-of-function' flu studies

The debate over experiments that increase avian flu virus transmissibility heats up.

Apr 14, 2014

Apr 14, 2014
Influenza virion

Study notes H5N1 tweaks that boost airborne spread

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

Sep 06, 2013

Sep 06, 2013
H7N9 influenza virus

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

Aug 14, 2013
H5N1 color electron micro

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

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

May 02, 2013

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.

Mar 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Scientists seek ethics review of H5N1 gain-of-function research

(CIDRAP News) – A group of scientists acting under the aegis of a vaccine research advocacy organization has asked President Obama's bioethics committee to evaluate the ethics of experiments designed to increase the transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza viruses.

Feb 21, 2013

Feb 21, 2013

Feds unveil new policies for 'dual-use' H5N1 research

(CIDRAP News) – Federal officials announced two new policy steps today designed to guide how they and US labs address dual-use research on dangerous pathogens, especially experiments involving aerosol H5N1 avian flu transmission.

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