US Says Don't Publish Recipe For Lab-Bred Bird Flu

By: AP
By: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scientists have genetically engineered bird flu so it can spread easily between mammals -- work necessary to prepare in case the dangerous virus ever mutates on its own and spreads from person-to-person. Now the U.S. government is asking those researchers not to publish the details in scientific journals.

There's worry that the exact recipe could enable bioterrorism. So the government's biosecurity advisers reviewed the research by Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands and the University of Wisconsin. The National Institutes of Health, which funded the research, said Tuesday that researchers are making changes -- but that it's important for the overall findings to be published.

NIH science policy director Dr. Amy Patterson told The Associated Press that will help scientists better monitor bird flu's natural evolution and create treatments.

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  • by Me Location: USA on Dec 21, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    Wake up people, ALL 'flu's' are made in labs and spread around. Doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out. They work together with the pharma industrie and doctors - it's all about money and power.
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  • by JC Location: CS on Dec 20, 2011 at 09:28 PM
    Oh goodness! Here comes another Bird Flu epidemic, and of course more shots and plenty of deaths! Safety in the name of science. wootwoot!
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