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Submission + - NIH Director Supports Release of Bird Flu Research (nih.gov)

renek writes: Common Sense has struck again as the director for the National Institute of Health has called for the release of two studies about the deadly H5N1 avian flu virus. The U.S. Government had previously advised that the research not be published in the journals Science and Nature. From the article,

"On March 29 and 30, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), an independent expert committee that advises the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and other Federal departments and agencies on matters of biosecurity, convened to review unpublished revised manuscripts describing NIH-funded research on the transmissibility of H5N1 influenza virus—the strain commonly referred to as "bird flu"
During its March meeting, the NSABB took into account the new and clarified information in the manuscripts, additional perspectives provided by influenza biology experts, highly pertinent but as yet unpublished epidemiologic data, and relevant security information. After careful deliberation, the NSABB unanimously recommended the revised manuscript by Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka be communicated in full.

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