News & Perspective

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

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.

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.

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?

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