Feds: Censor reports on lab-made “bird flu”

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December 21, 2011
Arizona Republic    
Posted in News, PND News

"Scientists seeking to fight future pandemics have created a variety of 'bird flu' potentially so dangerous that a federal advisory panel has for the first time asked two science journals to hold back on publishing details of research. In the experiments, university-based scientists in the Netherlands and Wisconsin created a version of the H5N1 influenza virus that is highly lethal and easily transmissible between ferrets, the lab animals that most closely mirror human beings in flu research. Members of the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity ... worried that such a hazardous strain might be intentionally or accidentally released into the world if directions for making it were generally known." (12/21/11)


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