The Importance of Transparency

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Author : Kate Sleeth

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Recently there have been a number of articles in high impact journals discussing the ethics of researching and publishing on deadly viruses (for a synopsis http://www.nature.com/news/specials/mutantflu/index.html?WT.ec_id=NEWS-20120124).  I am talking about the two independent research groups who have shown that the H5N1 bird flu virus is transmissible between ferrets.  For decades, work has been performed on a variety of deadly viruses and diseases without incident.