Bioterror worries stop study on misshapen bird flu

Scientists who formed a more noxious strain of bird flu have temporarily stopped their study among worries it could be used by bioterrorists. The Nationwide Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity recommended key details be omitted from publication of the research, which a sparked worldwide furore.

Two scientific journals want to publish the research albeit in redacted form and are trying to work out with the US government how to make the data accessible to responsible scientists. The scientists' letter published on Friday argues that knowledge of more infectious strains before they mutate in nature is valuable for public health.

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