News & Perspective

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.

May 15, 2014

May 15, 2014
Biohazard tape

Steps move Boston lab closer to BSL-4 work

The lab, completed in 2008 but held up over challenges, cleared two more obstacles yesterday.

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.

Jun 19, 2014

Jun 19, 2014
Bacillus anthracis, the anthrax bacterium

CDC probes anthrax exposure at its research labs

The CDC is monitoring and providing antibiotics to about 75 staffers over Bacillus anthracis concerns.

Jun 20, 2014

Jun 20, 2014
Bacillus anthracis micrograph

CDC monitoring more staff after anthrax lab breach

Nine more workers may have been exposed to Bacillus anthracis.

Jun 23, 2014

Jun 23, 2014
Bacteria culture

Initial tests show no anthrax contamination at CDC labs

Early results of environmental tests at CDC labs are negative.

Jul 02, 2014

Jul 02, 2014
Lab worker using hood

CDC scales back risk group in anthrax lab breach

The CDC says some lab workers can discontinue antibiotic treatment and vaccination.

Jul 08, 2014

Jul 08, 2014
Old test tubes

Decades-old smallpox samples turn up in federal lab

Testing to determine whether the vials contain live virus will take 2 weeks, the CDC said.

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.

Jul 15, 2014

Jul 15, 2014
People at meeting

Experts call for risk-benefit talks on lab-modified pathogens

Their consensus statement calls for better tools to weigh risks and benefits.

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