Scientists weigh terror threat against public health in publishing dilemma


Avian Flu Research?

There needs to be an international body involving scientists and security experts to provide advice on how to share, and when to hold back, the publication of research that could aide terrorists, says Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science magazine.

Dr. Alberts, whose journal has been delaying publication of a paper on a laboratory-created form of the H5N1 bird flu, made his comments shortly after the World Health Organization said it needed more time to decide whether the controversial new research should be published in full.

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