Biotechnology News: Journals asked to censor controversial bird flu studies

December 22, 2011 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Both a Dutch and an American research team have managed to figure out a way to mutate the avian flu virus so that it can become highly transmissible among humans. The researchers seek to publish their findings to the journals Science and Nature.

The US government fears that the information could be used by bioterrorists and is asking the journals to publish only brief reports of the work. They’re worried that rogue teams might want to borrow the ideas to create deadly viruses of their own for bioterrorism.

Questions: Do you agree with this form of censorship? Is this an attack on scientific freedom or prudent reasoning?


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