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Yes, Vanilla Ice Really Was on That Quarantined Flight From Dubai

Yesterday, a flight that had left Dubai in the United Arab Emirates landed at JFK International Airport in the US state of New York with 549 passengers and crew on board—and was promptly quarantined due to a mysterious ailment spreading throughout the cabin. In the neighbourhood of 100 people on board showed symptoms including coughing, fever, and vomiting, though only 11 ended up being taken to hospitals for evaluation. Read More >>

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How a Virus Spreads Through an Aeroplane Cabin

Travelling by plane greatly increases our chances of getting sick, or so many of us are wont to believe. To be fair, it’s not uncommon to come down with a nasty illness after we return from a vacation or business trip. But is flying the culprit? The latest research suggests the answer is no—but much of it depends on where we sit. Read More >>

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Textbook-Rewriting Discovery Could Help Predict the Next Influenza Pandemic

Every year we go through the same motions: scientists figure out what the most common flu strains will be, and prepare a vaccine that will best protect against it. Those who get vaccinated avoid the new strains, those who don’t might get ill. But every so often, a new kind of flu pops up that doctors are unprepared to vaccinate against. That kind of flu can turn into a pandemic. Read More >>

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Frog Slime Could Prevent the Next Pandemic

New research from Emory University School of Medicine shows that a chemical in the mucus of South Indian frogs is capable of killing certain strains of the influenza virus. It’ll take a while for scientists to translate this finding into a useful medicine, but the discovery could lead to an entirely new source of powerful anti-viral drugs. Read More >>

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How to Survive the Next Catastrophic Pandemic

Experts say it’s not a matter of if, but when a global scale pandemic will wipe out millions of people. And we are grossly unprepared for the next major outbreak. But in the event of a devastating pandemic—whether it be triggered by a mutated strain of an existing virus or a bio-engineered terror weapon—there are some practical things you can do, both before and during the outbreak, to increase your odds of survival. Read More >>

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How a Flu Virus Invades a Cell

Researchers from the University of Washington are the first to visualise the insidious way that the flu virus latches onto a cell and ploughs its way inside, causing an infection. Read More >>

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Chinese Researchers Create Potentially Deadly Strain of Avian Flu

A team of Chinese researchers have deliberately created deadly new strains of influenza in a veterinary laboratory — and are now on the receiving end of severe criticism from across the wider scientific community. Read More >>

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Scientists Restart Work on Deadly Engineered Avian Flu

In January 2012 scientists around the world halted research on engineered avian flu viruses over concerns that the work was too dangerous. Now, those scientists are taking to labs once more to continue their work. Read More >>

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Crystal Meth Could Stave Off the Flu

As winter draws in, the threat of flu looms large. But getting a preventative shot might not be the best line of defence any more — because new research suggests a small dose of crystal meth might be effective, too. Read More >>

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Scientists Will Halt Research on Avian Flu That Could Kill Half the World’s Humans—for Two Months

The scientists who created an airborne and extremely contagious strain of bird flu say they are temporarily halting their research for 60 days. Oh good! Looks like we don't have to be cripplingly terrified until April. Read More >>

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Scientist Create the Definitive Flu Killer

University of Texas Southwestern's scientists have created a new flu vaccine that can protect us against any kind of flu, not just one strain. Unlike the current type of vaccines, it can even protect us if the virus mutates. Read More >>