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2014-04-10 16:22:38

The H5N1 bird flu virus has infected and killed hundreds of people, despite the fact that, at the moment, the virus can't spread easily between people. The death toll could become much worse if the virus became airborne. A study published by Cell Press April 10th in the journal Cell has revealed a minimal set of mutations allowing H5N1 to be transmitted through the air from one ferret to another. The findings will be invaluable for future surveillance programs and may provide early warning...

Virologists To Manufacture More Dangerous H7N9 Bird Flu
2013-08-08 06:58:28

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Researchers are planning to create deadlier and more highly transmissible versions of the H7N9 bird flu with the hope they will be able to predict how it will mutate and determine whether or not there is a risk that it could result in a pandemic, various media outlets reported on Wednesday. According to Reuters Health and Science Correspondent Kate Kelland, virologists Ron Fouchier and Yoshihiro Kawaoka are leading a team of 22...

2012-01-27 11:15:17

Scientists have engineered a new strain of H5N1 (commonly known as bird flu) to be readily transmitted between humans. Two perspectives being published early online in Annals of Internal Medicine (www.annals.org), the flagship journal of the American College of Physicians, raise concerns about if and how this research should be continued, and how the data should be shared for the benefit of public health. The currently circulating H5N1 virus has an extremely high case-fatality rate,...

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2011-12-31 08:30:14

On Friday, the World Health Organization warned scientists who have been involved in engineering a highly pathogenic form of the deadly bird flu virus. The WHO said it was "deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences" of work by two leading flu research teams who said they found ways to make the H5N1 strain into an easily transmissible form. The work was stiffened by U.S. security advisers who wanted the details of how to make the deadly virus unpublished. The U.S....

2011-04-27 15:02:01

In urban communities, less than 1 in 100 inhabitants died from Spanish flu in 1918, but in isolated communities up to 9 out of 10 died. An important explanation for the differences is due to different exposure to influenza in the decades before the Spanish flu came. Those living in urban communities probably had a higher degree of pre-existing immunity that protected against illness and death in 1918 than those living in very isolated rural areas. This is shown in a new study from the...

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2010-05-31 09:35:00

A panel of experts that advise the World Health Organization on pandemics has plans to meet on Tuesday to determine whether or not the H1N1 outbreak is actually over. The WHO said in a statement on Monday that its emergency committee will begin a teleconference Tuesday and the results will be posted later in the day on its website. A WHO spokesman said the committee would consider three main options. These options would be to determine that the pandemic was still in force and retain...

2009-11-19 14:41:53

Bird flu viruses would have to make at least two simultaneous genetic mutations before they could be transmitted readily from human to human, according to research published today in PLoS ONE. The authors of the new study, from Imperial College London, the University of Reading and the University of North Carolina, USA, argue that it is very unlikely that two genetic mutations would occur at the same time. Today's new study adds to our understanding of why avian influenza has not yet caused a...

2009-07-24 16:05:53

An H1N1 flu pandemic could overwhelm critical care beds and ventilators in England, medical researchers in Britain say. The study, fast-tracked for online publication in Anaesthesia, suggests that demand for critical care beds could outstrip supply by up to 130 percent, with up to 20 percent excess demand for ventilators in some regions. Any predictions need to be based on the most accurate information available at the time and we recognise that we are in the early stages of the pandemic,...

2009-06-10 17:11:00

Boston Biotech Firm Reports First Rise in 76 Years of Replikin Count* of H1N1 Lethality Gene BOSTON, June 10 /PRNewswire/ -- An analysis of the latest peptide genomic data for the H1N1 influenza virus indicates that the current global outbreak of H1N1 is increasing in its capacity for lethality. The new sequence data on PubMed of the past two weeks through June 10, 2009 showed an increase in the Replikin Count* of the Replikin Lethality Gene in the pB1 genomic area from a mean of 2+/-0.2 in...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.