H5N1 Work Will Probably Continue

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After a high-level meeting this week, work on the avian influenza H5N1 virus will probably continue by people who are not NIH funded. This is in the wake of a global debate about the risks and benefits of such research and a voluntary moratorium on the experiments lasting nearly a year.

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Moratorium into Research of Modified Contagious H5N1 Avian Flu Strains

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Researchers have agreed to pause their work into the H5N1 avian influenza virus for the next 60 days. The research involved creating extra-contagious versions of the virus and seeing how it propagates among lab animals to enable the establishment of a propagation model.

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