Volume 90 Issue 8 | pp. 34-37
Issue Date: February 20, 2012

A Dual-Use Debate

In light of controversial H5N1 bird flu experiments, experts hashed out myriad issues at a public forum in New York City
Department: Government & Policy | Collection: Life Sciences
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: dual use research, science policy, science publishing, bioterrorism, biosecurity

A spirited—at times, bordering on nasty—public forum on recent H5N1 avian flu research highlighted the diverse opinions within the scientific community on just how to deal with dual-use research, which is officially defined as research that can be used for good or ill purposes. The experimental work discussed at the Feb. 2 forum involved directed mutations of the H5N1 virus such that aerosol transmission between mammals (ferrets) was achieved for the . . .

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