Bird flu research is put on hold for 60 days

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 23 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e582
  1. Bob Roehr
  1. 1Washington, DC

Scientists in the United States and Europe have voluntarily suspended their research on the transmission of the H5N1 influenza virus for 60 days in the face of concern over the need for such research and the fear that the virus might escape laboratory safeguards.

The suspension comes after a request from the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, which asked for self censorship in publishing certain technical aspects of the research (BMJ 2012;344:e30, 4 Jan, doi:10.1136/bmj.e30). The work sought to achieve a better understanding of what genetic mutations have to take place for …

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