Biomedical experiments & terrorism

From the New York Times, 2 articles on science and censorship.  Seeing Terror Risk, U.S. Asks Journals to Cut Flu Study Facts

For the first time ever, a government advisory board is asking scientific journals not to publish details of certain biomedical experiments, for fear that the information could be used by terrorists to create deadly viruses and touch off epidemics.”

In the experiments, conducted in the United States and the Netherlands, scientists created a highly transmissible form of a deadly flu virus that does not normally spread from person to person. It was an ominous step, because easy transmission can lead the virus to spread all over the world. The work was done in ferrets, which are considered a good model for predicting what flu viruses will do in people.

Security in Flu Study Was Paramount, Scientist Says:  An interview with Ron A. M. Fouchier, the lead researcher at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam.

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