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Oversight process established for avian flu research

from The Boston Globe

The federal government announced recently a special oversight process for experiments that involve tinkering with a new strain of avian flu detected in Asia earlier this year, but the decision has not come without controversy. The knowledge gained from this type of research could help prepare health officials for a potential pandemic and lead to the development of new therapies or vaccines, but also poses scary what-if scenarios, ranging from the accidental escape of a lethal virus into the wild, to the information falling into the hands of bioterrorists. more

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