News & Perspective

Sep 26, 2013

Sep 26, 2013
Judge's gavel

Dutch court affirms limit on publishing H5N1 findings

The court upheld an export rule, but virologist Fouchier said the decision won't apply to H7N9 research.

Oct 10, 2013

Oct 10, 2013
Clostridium botulinum

Scientists find new botulinum toxin, withhold genetic details

Discovery of the first new botulinum toxin in 40 years is coupled with withholding key data for security reasons.

Nov 01, 2013

Nov 01, 2013

Flu Scan for Nov 01, 2013

Low fall flu levels
Erasmus appeals export ruling
Hospital-onset flu cases

Dec 31, 2013

Dec 31, 2013
Biohazard sign

Biosecurity experts laud withholding of data on new toxin

Omission of key data from a report of a new botulinum toxin draws strong approval.

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?


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