Perspective

Virus sharing, genetic sequencing, and global health security

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Science  12 Sep 2014:
Vol. 345, Issue 6202, pp. 1295-1296
DOI: 10.1126/science.1257622

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Abstract

This Perspective focuses on the future of the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework, which was initially established to promote the fair sharing of public health–related pandemic influenza samples between countries. We examine the changes that need to be made to address the growing likelihood that genetic sequence data might be shared instead of physical virus samples, as well as the need to expand the PIP framework’s scope and to improve its fairness.

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