Yoshihiro Kawaoka

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Yoshihiro Kawaoka (河岡 義裕 Kawaoka Yoshihiro?, born November 14, 1955) is a virologist specializing in the study of the influenza and Ebola viruses. He holds a professorship in virology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA, and at the University of Tokyo, Japan.[1]

Controversial experiment[edit]

Yoshihiro reinvented a new virus based on H5N1. For now, no known vaccine has been found. Despite the great disturbance he has caused, Yoshihiro argued that "it is part of valuable scientific research".[2]


Selected publications[edit]

  • Hatta M, Gao P, Halfmann P, Kawaoka Y. Molecular basis for high virulence of Hong Kong H5N1 influenza A viruses, Science 298:1840–1842, 2001.
  • Schultz-Cherry S, Dybdahl-Sissoko N, Neumann G, Kawaoka Y, Hinshaw VS. Influenza Virus NS1 Protein Induces Apoptosis in Cultured Cells. J Virol 75: 7875–7881, 2001.
  • Kobasa D, Wells K, KawaokaY. Amino Acids Responsible for the Absolute Sialidase Activity of the Influenza A Virus Neuraminidase: Relationship to Growth in Duck Intestine. J Virol 75: 11773–11780, 2001.
  • Goto H, Wells K, Takada A, Kawaoka Y. Plasminogen-binding activity of neuraminidase determines the pathogenicity of influenza A virus, J Virol 75:9297–9301, 2001.
  • Watanabe T, Watanabe S, Ito H, Kida H, Kawaoka Y. Influenza A virus can undergo multiple cycles of replication without m2 ion channel activity. J Virol 75:5656–5662, 2001.
  • Jasenosky LD, Neumann G, Lukashevich I, Kawaoka Y. Ebola virus vp40-induced particle formation and association with the lipid bilayer. J Virol 75:5205–5214, 2001.


  1. ^ Influenza 2013: Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka (accessed 7 November 2013)
  2. ^ Guy Walters (3 July 2014). "Are we mad to have let a maverick scientist create a virus that could wipe out 400 million people?". Daily Mail Online. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  3. ^ Robert-Koch-Stiftung: Robert Koch Award. Retrieved 4 July 2014.

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