News of the WeekAVIAN INFLUENZA

Infection Study Worries Farmers, Bird Lovers

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Science  16 Jan 2009:
Vol. 323, Issue 5912, pp. 324
DOI: 10.1126/science.323.5912.324a

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Dutch researchers have embarked on a study in which they deliberately infect wild swans with avian influenza to study the effects on bird migration and viral spread. The experiment has triggered consternation among poultry farmers and bird lovers, who worry that the virus could infect poultry or threaten wild birds.