Bird Flu http://nhpr.org en Bird Flu Studies Mired In Export Control Law Limbo http://nhpr.org/post/bird-flu-studies-mired-export-control-law-limbo Scientists who created mutant forms of bird flu want to see their research published, and an influential advisory committee recently gave them the green light after a debate that lasted for months.<p>But one of the manuscripts is now being blocked from publication because of Dutch legal controls on the export of technology that could potentially be used for weapons.<p>It's just the latest example of how complicated international export control laws have affected the debate over what to do about two studies on bird flu.<p>The experiments were done in the U.S. Tue, 10 Apr 2012 07:40:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 3024 at http://nhpr.org Bird Flu Studies Mired In Export Control Law Limbo Bird Flu Studies Getting Another Round Of Scrutiny By Panel http://nhpr.org/post/bird-flu-studies-getting-another-round-scrutiny-panel In June of 2009, a committee met at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to do a routine safety review of proposed research projects.<p>One of those projects involved genetically modifying flu viruses. And during the review, the committee brought up the idea of "dual-use" research. "Dual use" means legitimate scientific work that's intended to advance science or medicine, but that also might be misused with the intent to do harm.<p>Now, nearly three years after that meeting, this flu research — along with similar work done in the Netherlands — has the science community in an uproar. Mon, 26 Mar 2012 04:01:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 2753 at http://nhpr.org Bird Flu Studies Getting Another Round Of Scrutiny By Panel Expert Panel To Give Controversial Bird Flu Research A Second Look http://nhpr.org/post/expert-panel-give-controversial-bird-flu-research-second-look Two controversial studies on bird flu will once again be reviewed by an expert committee that advises the government on what to do with biological research that could pose potential dangers.<p>The move is just the latest development in a fierce ongoing debate about genetically altered flu viruses created in laboratories at <a href="http://www.erasmusmc.nl/?lang=en">Erasmus Medical Center</a> in the Netherlands and at the <a href="http://www.wisc.edu/">University of Wisconsin-Madison</a>.<p>The announcement came today at a scientific conference attended by about a thousand biodefense experts in Wed, 29 Feb 2012 17:44:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 2225 at http://nhpr.org Expert Panel To Give Controversial Bird Flu Research A Second Look Scientists Debate How To Conduct Bird Flu Research http://nhpr.org/post/scientists-debate-how-conduct-bird-flu-research Scientists working with bird flu recently called a <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/01/20/145525325/researchers-agree-to-temporary-halt-for-bird-flu-experiments">60-day halt</a> on some controversial experiments, and the unusual move has been compared to a famous moratorium on genetic engineering in the 1970s.<p>But key scientists involved in that event disagree on whether history is repeating itself.<p>"I see an amazing similarity," says Nobel Prize winner <a href="http://med.stanford.edu/profiles/Paul_Berg/">Paul Berg</a>, of Stanford University.<p>To him, it's almost eerie to w Wed, 15 Feb 2012 22:52:00 +0000 Nell Greenfieldboyce 1951 at http://nhpr.org Scientists Debate How To Conduct Bird Flu Research