bird flu http://www.kplu.org en State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks http://www.kplu.org/post/state-seeking-volunteers-bird-flu-tests-backyard-flocks <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State officials are urging owners of backyard chicken to sign up their flock for bird flu testing.</span></p><p>The state is trying to prevent an outbreak of a new strain of bird flu like the one recently seen in China. At least&nbsp;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/death-toll-bird-flu-china-rises-36-202652806.html" target="_blank">36 people have died</a>&nbsp;of the disease since March.</p><p> Tue, 28 May 2013 12:01:00 +0000 Bellamy Pailthorp 8825 at http://www.kplu.org State seeking volunteers for bird flu tests on backyard flocks Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research http://www.kplu.org/post/debate-heats-about-contentious-bird-flu-research What was supposed to be a 60-day moratorium on certain experiments involving lab-altered bird flu has now lasted more than eight months. And there's no clear end in sight.<p>Researchers still disagree on how to best manage the risks posed by mutant forms of highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu. The altered viruses are contagious between ferrets, which are the lab stand-in for humans. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 15:29:26 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 6648 at http://www.kplu.org Debate Heats Up About Contentious Bird Flu Research Bird Flu Studies Mired In Export Control Law Limbo http://www.kplu.org/post/bird-flu-studies-mired-export-control-law-limbo Scientists who created mutant forms of bird flu want to see their research published, and an influential advisory committee recently gave them the green light after a debate that lasted for months.<p>But one of the manuscripts is now being blocked from publication because of Dutch legal controls on the export of technology that could potentially be used for weapons.<p>It's just the latest example of how complicated international export control laws have affected the debate over what to do about two studies on bird flu.<p>The experiments were done in the U.S. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 17:33:54 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 4704 at http://www.kplu.org Bird Flu Studies Mired In Export Control Law Limbo Scientific Journals Plan To Publish Contentious Bird Flu Research http://www.kplu.org/post/scientific-journals-plan-publish-contentious-bird-flu-research A government advisory committee has <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/02/29/147641261/expert-panel-to-give-controversial-bird-flu-research-a-second-look">reconsidered</a> its advice to keep certain details of bird flu experiments secret.<p>Revised versions of manuscripts that describe two recent studies can be openly published, the committee now says. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:31:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 4614 at http://www.kplu.org WHO's afraid of chicken? Some want mutant bird flu strain kept top secret http://www.kplu.org/post/whos-afraid-chicken-some-want-mutant-bird-flu-strain-kept-top-secret <p>Seems silly to talk about weaponized chickens, but that&rsquo;s exactly the kind of talk world leaders have become afraid of.</p><p>The latest debate raging among scientists is whether to publish the results of recent experiments done on the bird flu virus. Those experiments have created a super deadly version of the H5N1 virus that could potentially be loosed by chickens (or other birds) and kill many tens of millions of people.</p><p> Wed, 15 Feb 2012 20:38:12 +0000 Tom Paulson 4164 at http://www.kplu.org WHO's afraid of chicken? Some want mutant bird flu strain kept top secret 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