Researchers, journals asked to censor data

Bird flu findings could provide terrorists a bioweapons blueprint, NIH panel worries

By Janet Raloff, 15:52 PM December 21, 2011

Scientists undertake research to advance knowledge. Normally, one aspect of that advancement is to find as broad an audience for the newly acquired data as possible. But what happens if medically important data could be misappropriated for ruthless purposes? That question underlies the ruckus developing over two new bird flu papers.

After reviewing the manuscripts, a federally convened panel has asked the authors of both papers to censor important details of their work. It argued that “cer...

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