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Controversial avian flu research likely to resume


December 19, 2012
By David Manly


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Dec. 19, 2012 – After a worldwide debate about the risks and rewards of pursuing research on H5N1 and a moratorium lasting almost a year on such research, it appears that some researchers may resume their experiments.

According to Nature News, experts from all over the world in research and public health met at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland to discuss the future of the work. The discussions will continue on the pros and cons of such research, but attendees are saying that the moratorium may be lifted at the discretion of the funders and the countries in which they are located.

In addition to that, the review will “put in place, for select experiments, an extra layer of review — in addition to peer review, and other standard safety and ethical reviews — by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”

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For more information on the potential revival of H5N1 research, please see the complete article on Nature News.