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2005-09-15 12:30:00

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent MEMPHIS (Reuters) - It seems an unlikely place to launch a war against a bird virus that health officials believe could soon mutate into a human pandemic that will kill millions -- a hospital filled with children fighting devastating genetic diseases and rare cancers. But Robert Webster likes the daily reminders, in the form of children pulled around in colorful wagons or sitting propped against a mother's lap, that the work begun in a...

2005-09-15 07:00:00

MEMPHIS -- It seems an unlikely place to launch a war against a bird virus that health officials believe could soon mutate into a human pandemic that will kill millions -- a hospital filled with children fighting devastating genetic diseases and rare cancers. But Robert Webster likes the daily reminders, in the form of children pulled around in colorful wagons or sitting propped against a mother's lap, that the work begun in a laboratory has real life-and-death outcomes. And the private funds...

2005-09-14 08:50:00

HONG KONG -- Very few people are as intimate with the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus as Hong Kong-based scientist Yi Guan. "When I am not sleeping, I am working, most of the time on the H5N1," the 43-year-old China-born microbiologist who works at the University of Hong Kong said. Experts fear the virus will unleash the next pandemic and kill millions of people. He got acquainted with the bug in 1997 when it made its first known jump to humans in Hong Kong, where it killed six people. And since...

2005-07-18 16:03:55

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The bird flu virus that experts fear will jump from birds to humans seems to be mutating yet again, and may be able to hide in healthy-looking ducks, thus putting both other birds and people at risk, experts said on Monday. They said the H5N1 virus could kill some ducks after causing only mild symptoms -- which means it could lurk, undetected, in flocks while spreading silently. "There is a real possibility that if...