Now there's another bird flu we have to be worried about

A woman in Taiwan has just contracted the H6N1 bird flu — a strain that scientists thought could not infect people. It now joins H5N1 and H7H9 on the list of viruses most likely to make life miserable for humanity. » 11/14/13 1:30pm 11/14/13 1:30pm

Why the experts are so worried about the new bird flu

Since it was first discovered in late March of this year, the H7N9 virus has infected 60 people, killing 13. It’s not clear whether the virus can spread from person to person. But as the first round of tests on the virus has shown, it has some troublesome characteristics. » 4/16/13 3:20pm 4/16/13 3:20pm

What you should know about the new avian bird flu

The death toll from a new flu strain in China has now reached six. It's not known if the virus can be transmitted from person to person, but based on what the experts are saying, it’s a development that needs to be taken very seriously. » 4/05/13 2:00pm 4/05/13 2:00pm

Scientists No Longer Banned from Researching Deadly Mutant Bird Flu

It was around this time last year when two teams of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands submitted papers for publication in Science and Nature describing how the H5N1 virus could be converted into a human-contagious form. All that was required were a pair of crafty genetic manipulations — and voila — instant… » 1/24/13 11:20am 1/24/13 11:20am

A deadly new strain of bird flu has spread to seals. Could humans be…

We already know that the deadly H5N1 avian flu is only one stabilizing mutation away from being able to spread to humans. But as society nervously anticipates a potential pandemic, we get disturbing news that a different variant of the flu, the equally ominous H3N8, has successfully made the leap from birds to seals. » 7/31/12 12:40pm 7/31/12 12:40pm

Why is the U.S. government trying to control the contents of scientific…

One of the most important duties of a peer-reviewed research journal is to not only feature discoveries at the frontiers of science, but to provide other researchers with the information necessary to build upon said discoveries in a meaningful way. Now, the development of two highly virulent strains of H5N1 — the… » 12/21/11 11:03am 12/21/11 11:03am

Swine flu and bird flu may team up to create a supervirus

In 2009, swine flu created a minor pandemic, only killing about 15,000 people but infecting millions more. The avian flu H9N2 is ravaging bird populations throughout Asia. They're bad enough on their own...but what if they joined forces? » 2/28/11 1:54pm 2/28/11 1:54pm

Dogs and mice can figure out who has Bird Flu just by smelling their…

Researchers have discovered that animals with a good sense of smell, like dogs and mice, can be trained to detect animals infected with bird flu. Just by sniffing their excrement. Could this be a new early-warning detection system for pandemics? » 8/26/10 11:30am 8/26/10 11:30am

French Scientists Working to Create Swine-Bird Superflu

Looking toward the worst case scenario for the swine flu pandemic, virologists in Lyon are attempting to create a virus as contagious as swine flu and as deadly as avian flu. Is it time to call in Bruce Willis yet? » 11/16/09 1:20pm 11/16/09 1:20pm

Bird Flu Baddies To Peck You To Death With Congested Beaks

The Sci Fi Channel brings us deadly contagious birds driven mad with a flu so nasty they want to kill. The sickly fowl set their beady eyes on a lost flock of teens stumbling through the woods. Now it's up to the kids to destroy these sniffles-afflicted birds before they reach the city and spread their germs, thus… » 5/30/08 2:50pm 5/30/08 2:50pm