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A YEAR ON, THE H5N1 DEBATE REMAINS INFECTIOUS, WITH NO END IN SIGHT

Malakoff, David

Science, 21 December 2012, Vol.338(6114), pp.1533-1533 [Peer Reviewed Journal]

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  • Title:
    A YEAR ON, THE H5N1 DEBATE REMAINS INFECTIOUS, WITH NO END IN SIGHT
  • Author: Malakoff, David
  • Subjects: Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology ; Biological sciences -- Biology -- Microbiology ; Economics -- Economic disciplines -- Financial economics
  • Is Part Of: Science, 21 December 2012, Vol.338(6114), pp.1533-1533
  • Description: After two science teams showed how to make the H5N1 avian influenza virus-which typically kills birds-transmissible among mammals in late 2011, a contentious debate began among scientists, government officials, the media, and the public about "dual-use" research: Were scientists potentially opening the door to a deadly human pandemic? Are there flaws in efforts to prevent dangerous agents from escaping from unsafe laboratories or falling into the hands of terrorists? In January, researchers agreed to a voluntary, temporary moratorium on many H5N1 experiments. Now, more than a year after the H5N1 controversy erupted, there is still no clear international consensus on which kinds of studies are worth the risk, or how potentially dangerous results should be reviewed or safely communicated to the public and public health experts.
  • Language: English
  • Identifier: ISSN: 00368075 ; E-ISSN: 10959203

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