Rotterdam scientists created mutant bird flu viruses in laboratory

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TweetYumScientists in the Dutch city of Rotterdam know precisely what it takes for a bird flu to mutate into a potential human pandemic strain–because they’ve created just such mutant viruses in the laboratory. So as they watch with some trepidation the emergence in China of a strain of bird flu previously unknown in humans, they […]

H7N9 Bird Flu May Be Developing Drug Resistance

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TweetYumSome strains of the H7N9 bird flu in China are becoming resistant to the only antiviral drugs doctors have left to treat the infection, a new study suggests. The study, which examined the viruses in a single person infected with H7N9, found that a portion of the H7N9 viruses lurking inside the person were resistant […]

China bird flu analysis finds more virus threats lurking

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TweetYumA deadly new bird flu virus in China evolved from migratory birds via waterfowl to poultry and into people, and there are other bird flu viruses circulating that could follow the same path, scientists have found. The study – an analysis of the evolutionary history of the H7N9 bird flu that has so far killed […]

CDC Warns That New Swine Flu Strain Has ‘Pandemic Potential’

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TweetYum[Yeah, especially when you make it so.] 22 Feb 2012 A paper published Tuesday by scientists at the Centers for Disease Control suggests a new swine flu virus has the potential to cause an outbreak. The A(H3N2)v swine flu strain that has infected at least 18 Americans since Sept. 2010 has shown the potential for […]

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 […]