The Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus, which causes MERS, is one of the microbes that has sparked research controversy. NIAID/CDC hide caption

toggle caption NIAID/CDC

Debate Over Bird Flu Research Moratorium Flares Up Again

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/462176973/462230502" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome virus particles cling to the surface of an infected cell. NIAID/Flickr hide caption

toggle caption NIAID/Flickr

How A Tilt Toward Safety Stopped A Scientist's Virus Research

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/361219361/362226249" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A rogues gallery of the viruses (left to right) that cause MERS, SARS, and influenza. Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source hide caption

toggle caption Niaid; 3D4Medical; Niaid/Science Source

Scientists Fight For Superbug Research As U.S. Pauses Funding

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/358122198/358363573" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Fearful of catching the MERS virus, workers wear masks during a soccer match on April 22 at King Fahad stadium in Riyadh. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Why The U.S. Is Worried About A Deadly Middle Eastern Virus

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/306535300/306886419" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Saudi men walk to the King Fahad hospital in the city of Hofuf on Sunday. In eastern Saudi Arabia, where outbreaks of the MERS virus have been concentrated, people have resumed their habits of shaking hands and kissing. Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

A railway worker wearing protective clothing to ward off the SARS virus controls a line of travelers as they wait to enter Beijing's West Railway Station Tuesday in 2003. Greg Baker/AP hide caption

toggle caption Greg Baker/AP

When New Diseases Emerge, Experts Are Faster On The Uptake

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/162150791/162203203" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript