Experts delay call on releasing contentious H5N1 work

Experts have delayed a result on whether controversial research into the H5N1 bird flu virus should be unconfined. In last year the controversy is centered on two research papers - one of which was submitted to Science, the other to another leading journal, nature. Several pointed out that the scientists had given presentations about their work at conferences and the facts were previously widely circulated, so redaction would have small reason.

The request caused outcry among some scientists who believed that it was an infringement of academic freedom. The Geneva meeting of 22 scientists and journal representatives agreed that publishing only parts of the research would not be helpful, because they would not give the full context of a complete paper.

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