Archive for March 31st, 2012

US biosecurity board revises stance on mutant-flu studies

31 March, 2012

Via Scoop.itVirology News

Nature | Breaking News


The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) today recommended the publication of two controversial avian flu papers.

In December 2011, the board said that experimental details of the two studies should be redacted from any publications because of concerns that the information could be used in a bioterror attack. The board also feared that publishing the details would prompt more laboratories to work on the viruses, making an accidental release more likely.

New guidelines aim to prevent concerns about dual use being raised only at the eve of publication.

CDC/ Taronna Maines

Today, after a two-day meeting, the board decided to revise its earlier decision.