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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.

Nov 01, 2013

Nov 01, 2013

Flu Scan for Nov 01, 2013

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

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.

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.

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.

Aug 07, 2013

Aug 07, 2013
BSL-3 lab worker

Scientists air topics for H7N9 gain-of-function research

Will future research include lab-modified strains that are more transmissible and require tighter safety measures?

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.

May 01, 2013

May 01, 2013

WHO report: Global guidance on dual-use research needed

(CIDRAP News) – Participants in a World Health Organization (WHO) meeting held in February agreed that a binding global agreement to govern potentially dangerous life-sciences research is unlikely, but global guidance on the thorny issue could help nations figure out their own policies, according to a WHO report of the meeting.

Mar 29, 2013

Mar 29, 2013

Scientists seek ethics review of H5N1 gain-of-function research

(CIDRAP News) – A group of scientists acting under the aegis of a vaccine research advocacy organization has asked President Obama's bioethics committee to evaluate the ethics of experiments designed to increase the transmissibility of H5N1 avian influenza viruses.

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