H5N1 – Science in the eyes of the Hurricane

By Gilberto Silber Schmidt

Labex Korea – The controversies about Flu’s studies, raised up a really old discussion. Science is god or devil, guilty or innocent? Scientists are inside of the hurricane eyes. The discussion started inside the Scientific Community. Two rival labs were talking different approaches to the public controversy surround their publication on the creation of dangerous strains of the avian flu (Avian Influenza), which could be transmitted between mammals. The unprecedented decision by the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) was considered a call for a voluntary moratorium on the publication of the studies while an international debate was held to discuss the future of the field.

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