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WHO Gives a Cautious Green Light to Smallpox Experiments

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Science  19 Nov 2004:
Vol. 306, Issue 5700, pp. 1270-1271
DOI: 10.1126/science.306.5700.1270a

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A World Health Organization (WHO) advisory committee has given its blessing to limited genetic manipulation of the smallpox virus; if the recommendation is accepted, it would mark the first time since smallpox was eradicated that scientists would be allowed to genetically modify the virus.