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Flu scientists will resume their research

on Wed, 01/23/2013 - 18:50

One year ago, a group of influenza scientists decided to take a break from their experiments, in order to clearly explain the benefits of their important research and the measures taken to minimize its possible risks. This decision came after the intense debate over the publication on Nature and Science of two papers on the generation of H5N1 avian influenza viruses that are transmissible in mammals. On January 24th, Nature and Science published a joint announcement where those scientists – led by the authors of the two controversial papers, Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier – announced their intention to interrupt their voluntary moratorium. This will occur in those countries whose governments and institutions have given approval and following the establishment of appropriate biosafety and biosecurity conditions. The aims of the voluntary moratorium have been met, the scientists wrote, and avian-flu researchers have a public-health responsibility to resume their research.


“…decided to take a break…”: