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WHO Group: H5N1 Papers Should Be Published in Full

Science  24 Feb 2012:
Vol. 335, Issue 6071, pp. 899-900
DOI: 10.1126/science.335.6071.899

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An elite group of 22 influenza scientists, public health officials, and journal editors from 11 countries recommended last week that the details of how a highly pathogenic bird flu virus was rendered capable of being transmitted easily among mammals be published in full. The recommendation, agreed to at a meeting at the World Health Organization in Geneva, flies in the face of advice from an influential U.S. committee that key details of the experiments be confined only to those who have a need to know.

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