Lab-Altered H5N1 Flu More Infectious to Humans than Birds

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TweetYumA new study suggests a laboratory-mutated H5N1 avian influenza virus could pose a greater risk to humans than to birds, adding to concerns about the new avian flu strain that has emerged recently in China. Over a year ago, Japanese researchers created a genetically-altered version of the H5N1 avian influenza virus to ‘explore the risk […]

NSC wants rules on research that could lead to biological weapons

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TweetYumThe National Security Council is moving to exert greater federal control over scientific studies of highly lethal diseases and toxins in the face of mounting fears that the research could be used by terrorists and rogue states [aka the US], according to people with knowledge of the process. 18 Feb 2012 Under the NSC’s guidance, […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

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TweetYumWhen 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Decision time for researchers of deadly bird flu

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TweetYumWhen 22 bird flu experts meet at the World Health Organization this week, they will be tasked with deciding just how far scientists should go in creating lethal mutant viruses ‘in the name of research.’ 14 Feb 2012 The hurriedly assembled meeting is designed to try to settle an unprecedented row over a call to […]

Kobe University lab creates ‘novel’ H5N1 in ‘secret’ lab

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TweetYumShareThis Kobe University lab creates ‘novel’ H5N1 in ‘secret’ lab –Emails from Kobe virologist and H5N1-H1N1 virus creator, Teridah Ernala Ginting —Story in e-mails: Kobe University PhD student Teridah Ernala confesses to creating H1N1-H5N1 “novel” viruses; Kawaoka’s virus thief Akiko Makino lies to Indonesian authorities to avoid arrest for attempted smuggling of H5N1 out of […]