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Oct 01, 2013

Oct 01, 2013

News Scan for Oct 01, 2013

More Saudi MERS cases
Boston BSL-4 lab clears hurdle
Colorado TB investigation
Hepatitis C screening
Polio in South Sudan

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.

Jun 18, 2013

Jun 18, 2013
US Congress

Doubts about BioWatch program aired in Congress again

Doubts about BioWatch were aired in Congress today, with a House committee chair criticizing plans and a top federal disease expert expressing concerns.

May 03, 2013

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.

Apr 25, 2013

Apr 25, 2013

Study: Lab-derived H5N1 virus component binds to human receptors

(CIDRAP News) – A new study suggests that a lab-derived hybrid H5N1 influenza virus that is capable of airborne transmission among ferrets may well be capable of doing the same thing in humans.

Apr 05, 2013

Apr 05, 2013

China confirms H7N9 in poultry, more human cases

(CIDRAP News) – Chinese agriculture officials today confirmed the H7N9 virus in chickens and pigeons from Shanghai markets, providing new clues about how humans may have been exposed to the virus, which has since yesterday been detected in two more people.

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