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|1/31/2013 - Two American researchers whose efforts to deliberately re-engineer the H5N1 avian flu virus to be more virulent and deadly to humans are now asking that a government-advised moratorium on their controversial research be lifted. According to TIME, the duo alleges that precise details about how it developed...|
|2/24/2012 - For the past few months, the journals Nature and Science have been deliberating with both the research community and the U.S. government about how to handle the publishing of sensitive information about a militarized strain of H5N1 avian flu. The U.S. National Security Advisory Board for Biotechnology...|
|2/23/2012 - For the past several months, there has been an ongoing debate about whether or not to publish controversial research about a new militarized and highly-virulent strain of H5N1 avian flu capable of spreading between mammals, including between humans. The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity...|
|12/26/2011 - After toying with the idea of blocking public access to critical information discovered as part of an experiment with H5N1 avian flu, the US government has now decided that certain details of this controversial research be withdrawn from two scientific journals. The UK's Guardian reports that the journals...|
|5/1/2009 - When observing the swine flu outbreak happening today, it's helpful to have some historical context. Viral pandemics are not unusual, and talking about one isn't "alarmist." Pandemics are a regular feature of life on earth, and they occur with surprising regularity throughout world history.
|11/20/2006 - Currently, the deadly H5N1 form of the bird flu virus -- which has infected 258 and killed 153 worldwide since 2003 -- differs from human viruses in the types of receptor proteins it recognizes, but researchers have found a way the virus might become more deadly to humans.
The H in H5N1 stands for...|
|11/1/2006 - When tested in mice and ferrets, experimental vaccines based on live, weakened versions of different strains of the H5N1 avian influenza virus were well-tolerated and protected the animals from a deadly infection with naturally occurring H5N1 flu viruses. The findings, which appear in the September...|
|10/31/2006 - The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences today heard about a previously unknown, dangerous strain of H5N1 bird flu discovered in southern China, which is spreading from birds to people in Southeast Asia and sparking fears of a third wave of infection from the disease.
According to a team...|
|8/24/2006 - Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have announced that a vaccine they developed a few years ago against one antigenic variant of the avian influenza virus H5N1 may protect humans against future variants of the virus. Vaccines based on this model might therefore be suitable for stockpiling...|
|8/3/2006 - Nations are preparing to stockpile vaccines against H5N1, the strain of influenza virus that experts fear could cause the next flu pandemic. But will these vaccines remain effective as the virus mutates? Researchers present good news in the July 15 issue of The Journal of Infectious Diseases, now available...|
|7/25/2006 - News services such as the Bangkok Post are reporting that Thailand has had its first outbreak of H5N1 bird flu since December, and that even more people are displaying flu-like symptoms in areas with sick birds.
According to reports, a dead fighting cock from the Northern province of Phichit was...|
|7/20/2006 - Indian agricultural scientists have developed a revolutionary new H5N1 vaccine for poultry, according to an announcement by the country's Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar.
In response to the culling of more than a million chickens across India, the Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR)...|
|2/6/2006 - 412 BC – Major epidemic of a disease (which, although not called influenza, probably was influenza) recorded by Hippocrates.
1357 AD – The term, “influenza,” from the Italian word meaning "influence," was coined. Popular belief at that time blamed the development of flu on the influence of the stars....|
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