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Bird Flu Research To Remain Unpublished For Now
2012-02-19 05:18:06

A World Health Organization (WHO) panel has ruled that a pair of studies detailing how scientists were able to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could lead to a global pandemic will not be published in the near future, various media outlets reported on Friday. According to Eryn Brown of the Los Angeles Times, a 22-person panel of experts drafted by the WHO decided to extend a moratorium on the research indefinitely, announcing that scientific journals Nature and Science...

NSABB Publishes Statement Regarding Bird Flu Censorship
2012-02-01 06:39:08

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) has explained why it believes the research on H5N1 bird flu should be censored. Two research teams have modified influenza strains to create mutant avian influenza viruses that can be transmitted efficiently between mammals. NSABB said publishing the research in its entirety could potentially cause significant harm to the public. The board said its main concern was that publishing the experiments in detail could...

2012-01-31 09:54:48

American Society for Microbiology publishes special commentaries In response to recent actions of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), which recommended that two scientific journals withhold crucial details in upcoming reports about experiments with a novel strain of the bird flu virus, H5N1, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will publish a special series of commentaries by prominent scientists, including the acting chair of the NSABB, weighing in on...

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2011-12-31 08:30:14

On Friday, the World Health Organization warned scientists who have been involved in engineering a highly pathogenic form of the deadly bird flu virus. The WHO said it was "deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences" of work by two leading flu research teams who said they found ways to make the H5N1 strain into an easily transmissible form. The work was stiffened by U.S. security advisers who wanted the details of how to make the deadly virus unpublished. The U.S....


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call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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