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Government Silences Researchers' Work On Bird Flu Strains
2011-12-21 13:13:52

The U.S. government paid scientists to find out how the bird flu virus might mutate to become a bigger threat to people, but federal officials decided this information should be kept from the public. Federal officials asked the scientists on Tuesday to keep their findings away from being publicized in fear of the wrong people finding out the formula. The two labs in the study found that it appears easier than scientists believed for the H5N1 bird flu to evolve in a way that allows it to...

UN Warns Of Bird Flu Resurgence, Mutant Strain
2011-08-30 04:55:48

  The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned on Monday of a possible resurgence of the bird flu virus, and called for heightened preparedness and surveillance amid signs that a mutant strain of the deadly H5N1 virus is spreading throughout Asia and beyond. In a statement issued Monday, the FAO said that wild bird migrations had brought the virus back to previously virus-free nations, and that a mutant strain, which can apparently sidestep defenses of existing...

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2011-03-27 10:30:00

Wild migratory birds may indeed play a role in the spread of bird flu, also known as highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1. A study by the U.S. Geological Survey, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Chinese Academy of Sciences used satellites, outbreak data and genetics to uncover an unknown link in Tibet among wild birds, poultry and the movement of the often-deadly virus.Researchers attached GPS satellite transmitters to 29 bar-headed geese "“ a wild species...

2011-01-13 17:45:24

Breakthrough could prevent future bird flu epidemics Chickens genetically modified to prevent them spreading bird flu have been produced by researchers at the Universities of Cambridge and Edinburgh. The scientists have successfully developed genetically modified (transgenic) chickens that do not transmit avian influenza virus to other chickens with which they are in contact. This genetic modification has the potential to stop bird flu outbreaks spreading within poultry flocks. This would not...

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2011-01-13 15:45:00

British scientists have successfully developed chickens that do not transmit bird flu infections, which could inevitably reduce the risk of deadly avian flu epidemics in humans. Scientists from Cambridge and Edinburgh universities report that although the chickens they genetically modified (GM) still fell ill to H5N1 bird flu and died, they did not transmit the virus to other chickens they came into contact with. "Preventing virus transmission in chickens should reduce the economic impact...

2010-10-27 08:05:00

BOSTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- BioRadar(TM) software correctly predicted the 2009 H1N1 (Swine Flu) outbreak a year in advance (http://www.replikins.com, Replikins Press, 2008). The same rise in Replikin Count of these genomic Replikin genes, this time in the H5N1 (Bird Flu) virus, may similarly warn of the coming of severe outbreaks in H5N1. Specifically, BioRadar(TM) analyzed two separate Replikins* genes, one for infectivity and one for lethality. The high H5N1 lethality gene...

2010-10-13 19:13:51

On the eve of the 2010-11 influenza flu season, scientists and engineers have identified the environmental conditions and surfaces that could enable a highly pathogenic (H5N1) bird flu virus to survive for prolonged periods of time "” at least two weeks and up to two months. Among them: The virus appears to thrive at cooler temperatures and low humidity. The study, which could lead to new strategies for preventing the flu virus from spreading, appears in ACS' Environmental Science &...

2010-04-09 08:13:42

Avian influenza (H5N1) outbreaks in Europe during the winter of 2005-2006 occurred at the edge of cold weather fronts, according to researchers from Princeton University and the Erasmus Medical Centre, Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Their results, published April 8 in the open-access journal PLoS Pathogens, show that these outbreaks were driven by aggregated movements of wild waterbirds away from areas of frozen water. The researchers found that most H5N1 outbreaks occurred at sites where...

2010-03-31 11:30:15

Edmonton -- A University of Alberta-led research team has discovered an influenza detector gene that could potentially prevent the transmission of the virus to humans. Katharine Magor, a U of A associate professor of biology, has identified the genetic detector that allows ducks to live, unharmed, as the host of influenza. The duck's virus detector gene, called retinoic acid inducible gene"”I, or RIG-I, enables a duck's immune system to contain the virus, which typically spreads from...

2010-03-29 14:53:06

A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examines the potential influence that the business connections between broiler chicken growers may have on the transmission of avian influenza, H5N1. According to the study, the risk of between-farm transmission is significantly greater among farms within the same company group than it is between farms with different company affiliation. The study is among the first to analyze the impact of company affiliation...


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