Scientists create man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out millions if it ever escapes research lab

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The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain.

A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilization.

 

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Genetically Modified Chickens Developed Than Cannot Transmit Bird Flu

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Scientists develop GM chickens that do not spread bird flu.

British scientists have developed genetically modified (GM) chickens that cannot transmit bird flu infections — a step that in future could reduce the risk of avian flu spreading and causing deadly epidemics in humans.

 

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Vaccine-Delivery Patch With Dissolving Microneedles Eliminates ‘Sharps,’ Boosts Protection

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An array of 36 dissolving microneedles is shown here on a fingertip for size comparison.

A new vaccine-delivery patch based on hundreds of microscopic needles that dissolve into the skin could allow persons without medical training to painlessly administer vaccines — while providing improved immunization against diseases such as influenza.

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Incredible Opening Ceremony as China Celebrates the Shanghai World Expo 2010

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Visitors to the Spanish pavilion are greeted by a gigantic animated baby

Shanghai celebrated the opening of the 2010 World Expo today with a lavish display of fireworks, fountains and laser lights.  Like the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the event showcased China’s growing economic and geopolitical sway. (Pics)

 

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Could Smell Play a Role in the Origin of New Bird Species?

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An IU Bloomington researcher collects preen oil from a junco’s uropygial gland into a small glass tube.

Two recently diverged populations of a southern California songbird produce unique odors, suggesting smell could contribute to the reproductive isolation that accompanies the origin of new bird species. The Indiana University Bloomington study of organic compounds present in the preen oils of Dark-eyed Juncos is described in this month’s Behavioral Ecology.

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Insect Cells Provide the Key to Alternative Swine Flu Vaccination

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Researchers have discovered how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based production, revealing a new strategy for the fight against influenza pandemics.

Scientists in Vienna have developed a new technique for producing vaccines for H1N1 — so-called swine flu — based on insect cells. The research, published in the Biotechnology Journal, reveals how influenza vaccines can be produced faster than through the traditional method of egg-based production, revealing a new strategy for the fight against influenza pandemics.

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Swine Flu Update

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CDC developed PCR diagnostic test to detect novel H1N1 virus.

On June 11, 2009, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised the worldwide pandemic alert level to Phase 6 in response to the ongoing global spread of the novel influenza A (H1N1) virus, which causes swine flu. A Phase 6 designation indicates that a global pandemic is underway.

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Study Of Spit To Learn How Germs Spread

Study Of Spit To Learn How Germs Spread

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Mark Nicas has given some of his best years to spittle. He builds models – the mathematical kind – of how someone else’s slobber ends up on you. The size of the particles, whether they come out in a dry cough or a wet sneeze, their evaporation rate, air speed – these are all complications, reasons why people like Nicas can spend careers piling up academic papers, all the while building up a healthy respect for pathogens.

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