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Dr Richard Webby on following the ‘flu

John Kerr posted in on February 15th, 2012.

Dr Richard Webby, a New Zealand virus researcher based in the US, this week gave a public lecture on influenza at the University of Otago Public Health Summer School in Wellington, explaining the research behind the major flu outbreaks in recent years. Dr Webby is the Director of the World Health Organization Collaborating Center for […]

Suppressing data won’t stop threat of flu weapon – expert

Peter Griffin posted in on December 21st, 2011.

The New Zealand Government should not support efforts by United States regulators to suppress details in scientific reports of Dutch research which showed how a killer birdflu mutated to become highly contagious and easily spread in the air that we breathe,  says an Auckland scientist. The  highly pathogenic H5N1 virus changed through repeated infection of […]

Bioterrorism concerns over virus research – experts respond

John Kerr posted in on December 21st, 2011.

Scientists seeking to publish highly controversial studies on the avian influenza virus H5N1 have agreed to remove key details from manuscripts describing their work following requests from the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSSAB). This effective censorship of scientific research – including potential to create airborne contagions – has sparked debate over the […]

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