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[Nature News BlogNature News Blog»] Although the NIH continues to support the NSABB’s original recommendation to publish redacted versions of the original studies, they also “support revision of the manuscripts to include new data and elicit clarifications of old data”, said Fauci. The agency also would like the NSABB to reconvene to examine the revised manuscripts.

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[microbeworld News] MicrobeWorld - NSABB and H5N1 redactions: Biosecurity runs up ...: Casadevall and Shenk in their accompanying editorial, the controversy poses a new problem for scientists who are used to resolving disputes with additional laboratory work but are now in a position where they cannot use this method of conflict resolution to settle the matter.

[The Doctor Weighs In] To Publish or Not to publish, That is the Dilemma | The Doctor ...: In essence, the US National Science Advisory Board (NSABB) made the recommendation because the research, if published in its entirety, would contain detailed information that could put dangerous strains of bird flu into the hands of terrorists. “Because the NSABB found that there was significant potential for harm in fully publishing these results and that the harm exceeded the benefits of publication, we therefore recommended that the work not be fully communicated in an open forum,” more than 20 NSABB members wrote in a comment published in both Nature and Science.

[Chemical & Engineering News: Latest News] Uncertain Path For H5N1 Research | February 27, 2012 Issue - Vol ...: According to WHO, an expert panel it convened “reached consensus on two urgent issues related to the newly created H5N1 influenza viruses: extending the temporary moratorium on research with new laboratory-modified H5N1 viruses and recognizing that research on naturally occurring H5N1 influenza virus must continue in order to protect public health.” The statement also says that the panel supports full publication of two research papers on the work, accepted by Nature and Science, “however, there are significant public health concerns surrounding this research that should first be addressed.”

[Embargo Watch] A wild and woolly week at Science: Breaking their own embargo ...: Technically, I hadn’t heard from Science that the paper was being retracted, so had I independently verified the retraction and run a story on it, technically I wouldn’t have been breaking any embargoes. But I had seen the fact that something was being retracted in the embargoed table of contents, which means that Science might have decided this was an embargo break, and sanctioned me along with all of my Reuters colleagues by withdrawing our SciPak access for some period of time.

[Science Media Centre] Science Media Centre » Blog Archive » Bioterrorism concerns over ...: “As has been quoted several times in the press already, the exact mutations that made this transformation possible were not particularly novel or unexpected so anyone with a reasonable knowledge of influenza virology could probably guess at them if they so wished. However the technical details of the experiments are important to share with other experts in the field so that the robustness of the findings and implications of the data can be truly assessed, and so that this new information can be used to move the state of the art forwards.

[virology blog] A bad day for science: Two groups of scientists who carried out highly controversial studies with the avian influenza virus H5N1 have reluctantly agreed to strike certain details from manuscripts describing their work after having been asked to do so by a U.S. biosecurity council. The as-yet unpublished papers, which are under review at Nature and Science, will be changed to minimize the risks that they could be misused by would-be bioterrorists.

[Ty Crosby's blog] NSABB and H5N1 redactions: Biosecurity runs up against scientific ...: In response to recent actions of the U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), which recommended that two scientific journals withhold crucial details in upcoming reports about experiments with a novel strain of the bird flu virus, H5N1, the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) will publish a special series of commentaries by prominent scientists, including the acting chair of the NSABB, weighing in on whether the recommendations were necessary and what role biosecurity considerations should play in the dissemination of research findings. The commentaries will be published in the Society's online, open-access journal, mBio, on January 31.

[LymeNet Europe] Manmade Pandemic Level Bird Flu Virus: But the journals said in separate statements this week they are working with the biosecurity advisory board to come up with a compromise. One idea would be for the journals to limit what they reveal, and then have the U.S. government create a system in which those parties who need to see the full details of the research could be granted access to the material.

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