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  • Bird-Flu Research to Start Again After New Safety Rules

    After a yearlong halt based on safety concerns, research is set to resume on forms of the H5N1 bird-flu virus that scientists made easily transmissable within some mammals, and could potentially be a threat to humans.

    Researchers should restart their projects in countries where governments have approved appropriate biosecurity measures, according to a letter signed by 40 researchers and published by the journals Science and Nature. This doesn’t currently include the U.S., the scientists wrote.

    In January 2012, researchers worldwide issued a moratorium on testing H5N1, a strain of bird flu virus that can infect people after contact with diseased fowl. During the past year, scientists have established rules designed to make the studies less risky, allowing them to resume, said Ron Fouchier, a researcher at Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands.

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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...ety-rules.html

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    Re: Bird-Flu Research to Start Again After New Safety Rules

    The original letter

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