News & Perspective

May 11, 2016

May 11, 2016
Baby mice

Animal studies detail marked Zika damage in developing brains

Study results show the virus crosses the placenta and extensively damages fetal brains, and the outbreak strain in the Americas appears worse than in Africa.

Apr 21, 2016

Apr 21, 2016
Biosafety lab

GAO: Many US agencies have gaps in lab safety policies

High-containment labs across the US government, including the CDC, have safety gaps, the GAO says.

Apr 20, 2016

Apr 20, 2016

Flu Scan for Apr 20, 2016

Influenza A, then B
Flu vaccine protection surprise
Global flu update

Mar 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
Zika virus structure

Study reveals Zika structure, French Polynesia details birth-defect cluster

Structure details may yield clues on how Zika damages cells and offer an inside track to drug, vaccine, and test developers.

Mar 30, 2016

Mar 30, 2016

News Scan for Mar 30, 2016

Ebola intervention impact
Fecal transplant benefits
Long-term Lyme effects

Mar 08, 2016

Mar 08, 2016
Influenza researcher

COMMENTARY: Six policy options for conducting gain-of-function research

Experts offer approaches for moving the GOF conundrum forward that are not mutually exclusive, such as lifting the moratorium, seeking international consensus, and establishing a review board.

Feb 15, 2016

Feb 15, 2016

News Scan for Feb 15, 2016

Hawaii declares emergency
New chikungunya cases
Ebola vaccine test in monkeys
European Medical Corps formed

Feb 12, 2016

Feb 12, 2016
Pregnant traveler at airport

WHO stiffens Zika travel advice for women, airs countermeasure efforts

The WHO's top drug and development official projected the launch of a large vaccine trial is still at least 18 months away, but a test might be available within weeks.

Feb 10, 2016

Feb 10, 2016
Dengue patient

WHO addresses Zika fears as more microcephaly findings surface

Also today, two new microcephaly studies documented Zika virus in fetal tissue, strengthening a possible link between the two conditions.

Jan 28, 2016

Jan 28, 2016
Mosquito control

Feds say US unlikely to see explosive Zika spread

A CDC expert says US spread will likely be localized but calls for better mosquito control.

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