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H5N1 Researchers Ready as Moratorium Nears End

Science  04 Jan 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6115, pp. 16-17
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6115.16

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U.S. government officials say they expect to put the finishing touches this month on new rules designed to help funding agencies identify and regulate problematic H5N1 studies before they start. Leading influenza scientists say that move will enable them to lift a year-old, self-imposed moratorium on certain kinds of potentially dangerous experiments. The developments would end a long and bruising controversy over the risks and benefits of H5N1 research.