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Live poultry trade at local markets has long been a part of China's national identity. From small villages to big cities, the gathering and selling of different birds in this vibrant atmosphere is at the heart of the country's cuisine culture. Unfortunately, the backdrop to this tradition has changed. Last year, the H7N9 virus, a new strain of influenza A, jumped from birds to humans, causing 144 cases of human infection and 47 deaths in China. Now a second wave of this flu is coursing through the country, with 258 confirmed cases and 99 deaths as of 8 April 2014. Scientific evidence points to a connection between the conditions at these live markets and the spread of flu, suggesting that until other means are found to prevent the transmission of or effectively treat the illness, China must shut down live poultry markets to prevent further spread of the virus and a possible global pandemic. Author: George F. Gao
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[News of the Week] Around the World
In science news around the world, the National Park Service decides not to introduce mainland wolves to rescue the declining wolf population on Lake Superior's Isle Royale, Japanese researchers plan to resume controversial whaling in 2015, Australia's Antarctic research program faces budget cuts, and more.
[News of the Week] Newsmakers
Molecular biologist Feng Zhang wins the National Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award for young researchers, President Barack Obama nominates White House budget office director Sylvia Mathews Burwell to replace outgoing Health and Human Services head Kathleen Sebelius, physicist Stuart Parkin wins the 2014 Millennium Technology Prize, and more.
[News of the Week] Random Sample
The winners of the Science, Play and Research Kit Competition reimagine the childhood chemistry set—on a microfluidic chip.
Soaring cost estimates are jeopardizing the U.S. contribution to ITER, the massive international fusion energy project. Author: Adrian Cho
A chimeric mouse with a humanized liver offers a novel window into drug toxicity. Author: Jon Cohen
Researchers have harnessed the chemical degradation of fossil DNA to determine methylation patterns that may reveal which genes were turned on, or off, in ancient human species. Author: Elizabeth Pennisi
The latest Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change report, on mitigating emissions, finds a few glimmers of hope amid gloomy projections. Author: Eli Kintisch
A new find from NASA's Kepler orbiting observatory is the first Earth-sized planet to be detected in the habitable zone of a star. Author: Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
[News Focus] Into the Maelstrom
Jennifer Francis has made waves linking the melting Arctic to extreme weather around the world. But a storm of criticism has forced the climate scientist to defend her hypothesis. Author: Eli Kintisch
Authors: Robert J. Gould, Edward Maibach
Author: Brendan D. Kelly