Sunday, January 29, 2012

H5N1: Needed conversaton ...

Sunday Dialogue: Bird Flu Experiments
The New York Times
January 28, 2012

. . . The potential benefits of the research do not justify the potential dangers, so the research should be discontinued. While in almost all circumstances basic research should be fully disseminated in the science community, in this case the results should not be published in a way that allows them to be replicated by others. If allowed to continue, the research should be performed only in pursuit of concrete, urgent goals under international approval and the greatest possible safety conditions.

Baltimore, Jan. 24, 2012

The writer, an infectious-disease doctor, is director of the Center for Biosecurity, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.
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