virus http://www.kplu.org en 5 reasons not to panic about the bird flu experiments http://www.kplu.org/post/5-reasons-not-panic-about-bird-flu-experiments <p>The scientific community is in <a href="http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/feb/03/bird-flu-virus-scientists-warning?newsfeed=true" target="_blank">serious kerfuffle</a> right now about whether or not to publish the details of certain bird flu virus experiments.</p><p><a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/2012/02/03/schism-over-h5n1-avian-flu-research-leaks-out/" target="_blank">Angry words</a> are flying back and forth between experts &ndash; much like the proverbial behavior of chickens with their heads cut off. One commentator for Scientific American has even suggested <a href="http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/cross-check/2012/02/06/lets-ban-research-that-makes-the-bird-flu-virus-and-other-pathogens-deadlier/" target="_blank">banning</a> all such research.</p><p>It&rsquo;s all a bit much, and probably not good for science or for our global health. I would like to offer five reasons not to panic.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/02/five-reasons-not-to-panic-about-the-bird-flu-experiments/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 22:37:03 +0000 Tom Paulson 4082 at http://www.kplu.org 5 reasons not to panic about the bird flu experiments A dozen cases of tuberculosis that resists all drugs found in India http://www.kplu.org/post/dozen-cases-tuberculosis-resists-all-drugs-found-india Tuberculosis specialists in India <a href="http://cid.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2011/11/24/cid.cir889.extract?sid=28c0e5de-cca5-4f3d-96eb-414bc0cb7294">have diagnosed</a> infections in a dozen patients in Mumbai that are unfazed by the three first-choice TB drugs and all nine second-line drugs.<p>The doctors are calling them "totally drug-resistant TB," and the infections are essentially incurable with all available medicines.<p>It's a sobering development. Wed, 11 Jan 2012 18:39:14 +0000 Richard Knox 3677 at http://www.kplu.org A dozen cases of tuberculosis that resists all drugs found in India Contagion: What can we learn from movies about killer viruses? http://www.kplu.org/post/contagion-what-can-we-learn-movies-about-killer-viruses <p>Time for another movie about a killer virus that spreads across the planet: &quot;Contagion&quot; by Steven Soderbergh is due out in a few days. Can these movies teach us anything?</p><p>Humanosphere&rsquo;s Tom Paulson writes about the movie and his science-writing colleague, &ldquo;one of the top public health and pandemic journalists out there,&quot; who was a consultant for it.</p><p>&ldquo;Despite her misgivings, Garrett agreed to work as a consultant to the filmmakers for &#39;Contagion.&#39; She says it is definitely based on an extraordinarily virulent bug that spreads fast. But the science is solid, she says, and there are some valuable lessons contained in the drama.&rdquo;</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2011/09/the-coming-of-contagion-a-different-kind-of-killer-virus-movie/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Wed, 07 Sep 2011 16:55:41 +0000 Jake Ellison 2563 at http://www.kplu.org Contagion: What can we learn from movies about killer viruses? Engineering a new way to block the flu virus http://www.kplu.org/post/engineering-new-way-block-flu-virus <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968605.mp3</p><p>Seattle researchers have created a new way to fight the flu virus, and potentially pave the way for a new class of medicines.</p><p>You probably remember how the flu pandemic two years ago eventually included such a scramble to get the vaccine that people stood in long lines -- and even lied about the ages of their children to get it earlier. It takes months to make influenza vaccine, which has to be grown in chicken eggs. And every year the whole process has to start over, as the virus keeps mutating and evolving.&nbsp; Thu, 12 May 2011 23:44:34 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 1592 at http://www.kplu.org Engineering a new way to block the flu virus