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From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

| November 28, 2012 | 0 Comments
From Jurassic Park to H5N1: Is There a Human Threat?

This past summer, Nature and Science published a pair of studies, identifying mutations and other biological modifications that significantly elevate the contagiousness of H5N1, or bird flu. The set of articles sparked a heated discussion regarding both public access to and the appropriateness of potentially dangerous research on infectious disease. Although much of the concern surrounding studies of this nature is warranted, scientists and public health officials should err on the side of scientific freedom when considering restrictions on research and its public access.

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