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Fact Check-Boston University hybrid COVID virus kills 80% of mice, not people

Original article from Reuters by Reuters Fact Check. October 25, 2022 Social media users have claimed that researchers at Boston University created a new strain of COVID-19 (Omi-S) that can kill 80% of people it infects. While the researchers said in a preprint study that they created a virus combining the spike protein of... More

Lab Manipulations of Covid Virus Fall Under Murky Government Rules

Original article from the New York Times by Carl Zimmer and Benjamin Mueller. October 22, 2022 Mouse experiments at Boston University have spotlighted an ambiguous U.S. policy for research on potentially dangerous pathogens. Scientists at Boston University came under fire this week for an experiment in which they tinkered with the Covid virus. Breathless headlines claimed they had... More

Which COVID studies pose a biohazard? Lack of clarity hampers research

Original article from Nature by Ewen Callaway and Max Kozlov. October 21, 2022 Controversy surrounding a study that involved modifying the SARS-CoV-2 virus has prompted researchers to call for better guidance from funders. When researchers at Boston University (BU) in Massachusetts inserted a gene from the Omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 into a... More

BU lab wasn’t required to clear potentially controversial study with NIH, director says

Original article from STAT by Helen Branswell. October 18, 2022 The director of a Boston University laboratory that conducted potentially controversial research on the viruses that cause Covid-19 said his institution didn’t clear the work with the National Institutes of Health because it wasn’t funded by the federal agency. Ronald Corley said... More

NEIDL Researchers Refute UK Article about COVID Strain

Original article from The Brink by The Brink Staff. October 17, 2022 Boston University is refuting a series of misleading claims about research at the University’s National Emerging Infectious Diseases Laboratories (NEIDL). The reports, which first appeared on Monday in the United Kingdom’s Daily Mail, claimed researchers at the lab had... More

Biochemist Mohsan Saeed Awarded Two Prestigious Federal Grants to Study Viruses

Mohsan Saeed, PhD, assistant professor of biochemistry, has received a five-year, $2 million R35 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, as well as a five-year, $2.5 million R01 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. It is extremely rare for an early-stage investigator to... More

Draft bill would ban CDC, NIH from funding lab research in China

Original article from Science by Jocelyn Kaiser. June 12, 2022 A proposal moving through Congress to bar the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from funding research laboratories in China is sparking concern among scientists. If signed into law, the measure could cut off millions... More

TWiV 891: LLOV in the time of Ebola; Interview with Elke Muhlberger & Adam Hume

Original article from This Week in Virology (TWIV) by Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker. April 21, 2022 Elke, Adam, and Gabor join TWiV to discuss their work on Lloviu virus, a filovirus, including recovery of infectious virus from a DNA copy of the genome and from Schreiber’s... More