For Young Scientists, A Wild Ride

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Science  22 Jun 2012:
Vol. 336, Issue 6088, pp. 1495
DOI: 10.1126/science.336.6088.1495

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They've become known as the Kawaoka and Fouchier papers. But Yoshihiro Kawaoka and Ron Fouchier rarely set foot in the high-security labs where the experimental work on their two highly controversial H5N1 studies was done. That work—concocting mutant viruses, inoculating ferrets, and testing whether they'd infect others—was carried out by younger researchers who have remained invisible during the past 8 months. Yet for them, the stakes were just as high—higher, perhaps, because a paper in Science or Nature can be a critical career booster.