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A few key loci appear to contribute to a lasting immune response following childhood immunizations against meningococcal bacteria, tetanus, or Haemophilus influenzae type B.

To Stop Bird Flu

Reuters reports that UK researchers have edited chicken cells in the lab to be resistant to bird flu.

Flu test sales were the second-highest for a quarter in the firm's history but were still $17.4 million lower than the year-ago quarter due to a much less intense flu season.

The in vitro diagnostic is designed to detect whole gene segments for influenza A and B viruses and can characterize viruses as seasonal or nonseasonal.

Metascape uses data from over 40 knowledgebases and 10 model organisms to provide functional enrichment, interactome analysis, gene annotation, and membership search capabilities.

Vox writes that lab mishaps involving pathogens are quite common.

Starting Up Again

ScienceInsider reports that some risky flu studies that came to a halt a few years back may soon resume.

Reuters reports that UK researchers are using gene-editing tools to develop flu-resistant chickens.

This Week in PLOS

In PLOS this week: Madariaga virus linked to pediatric acute febrile illness cases in Haiti, tool to screen for viral infection in human cell lines, and more.

The firm’s test for detecting flu and differentiating between subtypes A and B is being launched in Europe, Asia, and South America.

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US National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins says he will avoid male-only speaker panels.

Two patients fell ill, and one subsequently died, following a fecal microbiome transplant that harbored multi-drug-resistant bacteria, according to the New York Times.

Technology Review reports that eGenesis is testing whether organs from genetically modified pigs can be transplanted into monkeys.

In Science this week: almond reference genome, and more.