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Genetic Marker Predicts Susceptibility to H7N9 Bird Flu

December 26, 2013 12:07 pm | News | Comments

Published in the Journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, senior author, Associate Professor Katherine Kedzierska from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology said that being able to predict which patients will be more susceptible to the emerging influenza strain, will allow clinicians to better manage an early intervention strategy.

Bird Flu Strain Kills Human for the First Time

December 18, 2013 1:01 am | by GILLIAN WONG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese authorities said Wednesday that a 73-year-old Chinese woman died after being infected...

New Bird Flu Strain Infects First Human

November 14, 2013 8:30 am | by MARIA CHENG - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A strain of bird flu that scientists thought could not infect people has shown up in a Taiwanese...

Halloween Special: SARS Pandemic Had Batty Origins

October 31, 2013 12:28 pm | News | Comments

 Ten years after the SARS outbreak, scientists have uncovered genome sequences of a new...

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Origins of Deadly Swine Virus Tracked to China

October 23, 2013 1:25 pm | News | Comments

Veterinary researchers have helped identify the origin and possible evolution of an emerging swine virus with high mortality rates that has already spread to at least 17 states. They have traced the recent U.S. outbreaks to a strain from the Anhui province in China.

New Bird Flu Can Spread Among People

August 6, 2013 6:52 pm | by MARIA CHENG - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese scientists have found the strongest evidence yet that a new bird flu strain is sometimes able to spread from person to person, but they are emphasizing that the virus still does not transmit easily. In a new study, Chinese researchers interviewed the family and close friends of a father and daughter both killed by H7N9 in eastern China to figure out how the virus might have spread between them.

Air Pollution Cut Lifespans in China

July 8, 2013 3:53 pm | by LOUISE WATT - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A new study links heavy air pollution from coal burning to shorter lives in northern China. Researchers estimate that the half-billion people alive there in the 1990s will live an average of 5½ years less than their southern counterparts because they breathed dirtier air.

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New Study Restores Famed Fossil to 'Bird' Branch

May 29, 2013 3:49 pm | by ALICIA CHANG - AP Science Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

A raven-sized creature that lived about 150 million years ago is back on its perch, a new study says. Widely pegged as the earliest known bird, Archaeopteryx's status was called into question two years ago by Chinese scientists. They proposed yanking the prehistoric creature off the "bird" branch of the evolutionary family tree and moving it onto a closely related lineage of birdlike dinosaurs.

NYU Researchers Took Chinese Bribes

May 20, 2013 3:37 pm | by BY TOM HAYS - ASSOCIATED PRESS | News | Comments

Three New York University researchers from China divulged results from a federally funded study to Chinese competitors in exchange for tuition, rent and other expenses, federal prosecutors say. Yudong Zhu, a U.S.-educated NYU professor, and Xing Yang, a lab engineer, were released on bail after appearing in federal court in Manhattan to face commercial bribery and other charges. They left court without speaking to reporters.

New Respiratory Viruses Could Spark Global Outbreaks

May 13, 2013 10:48 am | by MARIA CHENG - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Two respiratory viruses in different parts of the world have captured the attention of global health officials — a novel coronavirus in the Middle East and a new bird flu spreading in China. Last week, the coronavirus related to SARS spread to France, where one patient who probably caught the the disease in Dubai infected his hospital roommate.

China Bird Flu Jumped Directly from Chickens

April 25, 2013 11:48 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese scientists have for the first time found strong evidence of how humans became infected with a new strain of bird flu: from chickens at a live market. Chinese scientists compared swabs from birds at markets in eastern China to virus samples from four patients who caught the new H7N9 virus. The scientists found the virus from one patient was nearly identical to one found in a chicken.

New Flu Passes More Easily from Bird to Human, WHO Says

April 24, 2013 3:35 am | by GILLIAN WONG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

A lethal new strain of bird flu that emerged in China over the past month appears to jump more easily from birds to humans than the one that started killing people a decade ago, World Health Organization officials said Wednesday. Scientists are watching the virus closely to see if it could spark a global pandemic.

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China Bird Flu Not Spreading Easily in Humans

April 19, 2013 1:44 am | by BY GILLIAN WONG -- ASSOCIATED PRESS | News | Comments

There's no evidence a new bird flu strain is spreading easily among people in China even though there may be sporadic cases of the virus spreading to people who have close contacts with patients, the World Health Organization said Friday. Fifteen global and Chinese health experts are on a mission in Beijing and Shanghai to learn more about the H7N9 bird flu virus that has killed 17 people and sickened 70 others.

190M-Year-Old Dino Bones Hold Development Clues

April 10, 2013 11:26 am | by ALICIA CHANG - AP SCIENCE WRITER | News | Comments

Recently discovered dinosaur embryos are giving scientists their best glimpse yet into how the ancient creatures developed. The 190-million-year-old fossils unearthed in China belonged to Lufengosaurus, a long-necked, plant-eating dinosaur.

China Kills Market Birds As Flu Deaths Continue

April 5, 2013 9:53 am | by GILLIAN WONG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

China announced a sixth death from a new bird flu strain Friday, while authorities in Shanghai halted the sale of live fowl and slaughtered all poultry at a market where the virus was detected in pigeons being sold for meat.

Mutating Bird Flu Takes Fourth Life

April 4, 2013 9:03 am | News | Comments

A middle-aged man who transported poultry for a living has died from a new strain of bird flu, the fourth death among 11 confirmed cases in China, the government and state media reported today.

Update: Bird Flu Strain Causes Fifth Death in China

April 4, 2013 5:51 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Another unidentified person has died from a new strain of bird flu, bringing the death toll to five among 14 confirmed cases in China, the government and state media reported Thursday. The official Xinhua News Agency did not identify the fifth fatality, but said that person also died in Shanghai on Wednesday.

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China Bird Virus Likely Silent Threat, Scientists Say

April 3, 2013 5:56 am | by GILLIAN WONG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists taking a first look at the genetics of the bird flu strain that recently killed two men in China said Wednesday that the virus could be harder to track than its better-known cousin H5N1 because it might be able to spread silently among poultry without notice.

Questions in China on Deadly, Lesser-Known Bird Flu

April 1, 2013 7:34 am | by GILLIAN WONG - Associated Press - Associated Press | News | Comments

Health officials say they still don't understand how a lesser-known bird flu virus was able to kill two men and seriously sicken a woman in China, but that it's unlikely that it can spread easily among humans. Two men in Shanghai became the first known human fatalities from the H7N9 bird flu after contracting it in February.

Clues to why most survived China melamine scandal

February 13, 2013 3:27 pm | by LAURAN NEERGAARD - AP Medical Writer - Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists wondering why some children and not others survived one of China's worst food safety scandals have uncovered a suspect: germs that live in the gut. In 2008, at least six babies died and 300,000 became sick after being fed infant formula that had been deliberately and illegally tainted...

China to Boost Biotech Industry

January 9, 2013 1:16 pm | News | Comments

The Chinese government will give a boost to the biotechnology industry in order to tackle problems related to population growth, food safety, energy conservation and environmental protection, the State Council said. The government aims to double the share of GDP that the sector's value-added output accounts for by 2015 from the 2010 level.

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