Novel containment strategy could boost safety of controversial influenza A research

In a controversial study in late 2011, Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier altered the H5N1 viral genome and engineered a strain of the deadly virus capable of airborne spread between ferrets. The study sparked a debate about gain-of-function research with H5N1, with some experts raising concerns about the risks of accidental release and bioterrorism. What followed was a year-long voluntary …

To be or not to be: can we respond to a rapidly evolving influenza pandemic quickly enough?

Download the presentation for free here > There is currently a medical need for an H5 pandemic vaccine, mainly, as a H5N1pandemic is arguably the current greatest global pandemic threat. The magnitude of risk further demonstrates this need: Current death rate is ~60% (30-80% – varies by country) Even with marked decrease in virulence, H5N1 could still be far worse …