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May 6, 2014 — Adelie penguins, which breed in huge colonies on the rocky Antarctic Peninsula, harbor a version of the avian influenza virus. But this strain doesn't make humans or the birds sick.
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Apr 5, 2013 — Sixteen cases of a new flu in China have touched off a major effort to determine what kind of threat it might be. Flu experts want to know where the H7N9 virus is coming from and how it gets around.
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Feb 15, 2012 — Scientists working with bird flu recently called a 60-day halt on some controversial experiments. The unusual move has been compared to a famous moratorium on genetic engineering in the 1970s. Key scientists involved in that pause on genetic research disagree on whether today's furor over bird flu is history repeating itself.
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Feb 9, 2012 — The scientists, journal editors and others who attend are expected to review the facts and the most pressing issues related to this specific work, rather than have a broader discussion about the possibility of international oversight of potentially worrisome biological research.
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Jan 20, 2012 — Scientists working with a highly contagious, lab-created strain of bird flu will suspend their research for 60 days. The pause will make possible an international debate on the merits of the work, they say.
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Nov 17, 2011 — At a recent conference, a Dutch scientist said he'd made bird flu virus highly contagious between ferrets — the animal model used to study human flu infection. Just five mutations did the trick. Security experts fear publishing the work could spur development of new weapons.
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Aug 29, 2011 — The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization warned of a "possible major resurgence" of H5N1 influenza, including a mutant virus that appears to be unfazed by available vaccines.
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