Influenza Virus Mashup

Influenza Virus Mashup

[Crof's H5N1] Racaniello on H5N1 debate: A bad day for science

Posted by Automator On December - 21 - 2011

Dr. Vincent Racaniello's latest post: A bad day for science. His conclusion:

I agree with Albert Osterhaus, who noted that this debate could have been held in 2005 when the complete genome sequence of the 1918 pandemic influenza virus strain was released. That H1N1 strain is known to be lethal and transmitted efficiently among humans. In contrast, it is not known if the ferret-passaged influenza H5N1 virus would be transmitted in people and cause disease. 

This is a bad day for virology, and for science in general. The decision by the NSABB sets a precedent for censoring future experimental results whose wide dissemination would benefit, not harm, humanity.

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