The Deadliest Potential Pandemics Facing The World Right Now

Scientists and health experts at the World Health Organization and Centers for Disease Control are constantly on guard against diseases that could sweep through the human population. Which pandemics are they most worried about, heading into 2014? » 12/24/13 3:30pm 12/24/13 3:30pm

Scientists combine bird and swine flus to create mutant airborne virus

Researchers in China have created a batch of designer viruses by selectively combining genes from the H5N1 bird flu virus with those of the H1N1 swine flu strain. This reassortment process — which can happen naturally in nature — resulted in several hybridized strains that were able spread through the air and infect… » 5/06/13 2:20pm 5/06/13 2:20pm

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

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

Hey everybody: cool your jets on the whole supervirus thing

Many of you probably read last week about a supervirus, engineered by dutch virologist Ron Fouchier, that has the potential to wipe out half of humanity. » 12/05/11 9:00am 12/05/11 9:00am