THIS ISN’T ENCOURAGING: Lab Security Standards Raise Chances of Mutant-Bird-Flu Catastrophe. Fears that bioterrorists could learn from controversial experiments that make H5N1 avian influenza more virulent have overshadowed a more pressing danger: accidental releases, laboratory infections and disgruntled workers. Dozens of all-too-human mistakes have occurred in just the last decade inside high-security laboratories, and many [.
Engineered hybrids of bird and human flu strains have proven virulent in mice, raising the disturbing possibility that a natural recombination could be deadly to humans. For years, researchers have worried that H5N1 avian influenza ... Read Post
After months of anticipation, the second of two controversial experiments to increase the virulence of H5N1 avian influenza has been published. Read Post
Controversy over H5N1 avian influenza engineered into mammal-infecting form raises fears of flu research in bioterrorist hands, but a more pressing danger has been largely ignored: accidental releases, laboratory infections and disg... Read Post