The recent discovery by researchers in Rotterdam, Netherlands, that the lethal H5N1 avian flu virus could be genetically modified with relative ease into an airborne vector was the talk of the scientific community going into early 2012. Over the holidays, scientists were openly debating a U.S. government panel's request in December to withhold publishing details of the experiments leading to the discovery. On Jan. 20, the journals Nature and Science announced a letter signed by ...

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