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Web Date: March 2, 2012

Congress Steps Into H5N1 Research Controversy

Dual-Use Research: Fears of NIH-funded work prompts congressman to demand answers about safeguards from the Administration
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: H5N1, NSABB, biosecurity

The saga of the experimental H5N1 avian flu research that has stirred so much controversy in recent weeks has taken yet another turn. Now, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), vice chair of the House Committee on Science, Space & Technology, has begun an investigation of how such research might be affecting national security.

“The Administration’s response has appeared ad hoc, delayed, and inadequate,” Sensenbrenner wrote in a March 1 . . .

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