Two Journals Mull Publishing Killer Flu Virus Details

Posted on December 21, 2011 by

From Discovery News:

Two top scientific journals said Tuesday they were mulling whether to publish details of a man-made mutant killer flu virus that has sparked concerns of mass deaths if it were released.

A US government’s science advisory committee urged the US journal Science and the British journal Nature to withhold key details so that people seeking to harm the public would not be able to manufacture the virus that could cause millions of deaths.

The virus in question is an H5N1 bird flu strain that was genetically altered in a Dutch lab so it can pass easily between ferrets.

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See Also: Statement and Other Materials From AAAS (Publishers of Science)

See Also: Learn More About the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB)