Looking for a way to reduce the risk of human infection in influenza gain-of-function studies, Mount Sinai researchers have developed a microRNA-based approach to boost biosafety that they say can be applied to a number of other pathogenic viruses.

Although the H5N1 flu strain is primarily limited to migratory birds, the virus has killed several hundred humans over the past 15 years, making continued research a necessity.

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In PNAS this week: genomic study of group B Streptococcus evolution, selection on the X chromosome in great apes, and more.

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