U.S. opinion on influenza research diverges from the majority

02/29/2012 | Google

The U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) stands out as the main opponent to publishing full data on the altered H5N1 strains that easily spread between ferrets, but influenza scientists say the mutated viruses are not as pathogenic as reported by the media and whether they can even be transmitted to people is unclear. Nevertheless, NSABB board member Michael Osterholm remains concerned about the possible consequences of releasing the research. "I worry about the garage scientist, about the do-your-own scientist, about the person who just wants to see if they can do it," he said.

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