News & Perspective

Apr 04, 2014

Apr 04, 2014
Caged ferret

Experiments render H7N1 virus more contagious in ferrets

A study focusing on H7N1 avian flu viruses prompted special prepublication reviews because of "dual use" concerns.

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 09, 2014

May 09, 2014

News Scan for May 09, 2014

Call for DURC steps in Germany
New H7N9 cases in China
US flu tapers off

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 19, 2014
Influenza virus

COMMENTARY: The case against 'gain-of-function' experiments: A reply to Fouchier & Kawaoka

Is there a unique public health benefit of gain-of-function studies, unachievable by safer means, that outweighs their risk?

Jun 26, 2014

Jun 26, 2014

News Scan for Jun 26, 2014

Chikungunya in Suriname
Anthrax scare and GOF studies

Jun 30, 2014

Jun 30, 2014
University Research Park

Kawaoka GOF studies criticized by Wisconsin biosafety panelist

Thomas Jeffries, PhD, said the studies increase, rather than lower, the risk of a pandemic.

Jul 03, 2014

Jul 03, 2014
Biohazard container

Controversy simmers over GOF flu research in Wisconsin

UW calls a recent UK newspaper story biased and largely wrong.

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.

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