News & Perspective

Jan 07, 2016

Jan 07, 2016
Mutated virus

NSABB launches new phase of GOF research debate

Some topics: weighing risks and benefits, ethical issues, and global involvement.

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.

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 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.

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.

Jan 23, 2013

Jan 23, 2013

Research moratorium on modified H5N1 viruses ends

(CIDRAP News) – A year-long voluntary moratorium on research involving transmissible H5N1 avian flu viruses ended today with a letter from a group of scientists that supports resuming the work in countries that have addressed the biosafety issues involved.

Dec 17, 2012

Dec 17, 2012

H5N1 researchers question proposed HHS funding framework

(CIDRAP News) – Federal health officials are in the midst of crafting a framework for funding H5N1 avian influenza gain-of-function studies, and today at a workshop they heard varied feedback from researchers, biosecurity experts, and others.

Oct 09, 2012

Oct 09, 2012

Experts ponder H5N1 research moratorium issues

(CIDRAP News) – The moratorium on research leading to more-transmissible H5N1 avian influenza viruses, originally set for 60 days, has remained in place for 8 months without a clear end in sight, but a series of commentaries in mBio today from experts familiar with the issues offers some clues for possible next steps.

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