Transmission studies resume for avian flu

Fouchier, R. A. M.; García-Sastre, A.; Kawaoka, Y.; Barclay, W. S.; Bouvier, N. M.; Brown, I. H.; Capua, I.; Chen, H.; Compans, R. W.; Couch, R. B.; Mettenleiter, Thomas C. GND; et al.

In January 2012, influenza virus researchers from around the world announced a voluntary pause of 60 days on any research involving highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 viruses leading to the generation of viruses that are more transmissible in mammals (1). We declared a pause to this important research to provide time to explain the public health benefits of this work, to describe the measures in place to minimize possible risks, and to enable organizations and governments around the world to review their policies (for example, on biosafety, biosecurity, oversight, and communication) regarding these experiments. [...]

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Fouchier, R.A.M. / García-Sastre, A. / Kawaoka, Y. / et al: Transmission studies resume for avian flu. 2013.

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