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Author: Mutant bird flu ‘less lethal’

The author of a paper on a mutant bird flu strain said experts agreed to publish it only after he explained that the virus was “much less lethal” than previously feared. A panel of US science and security experts on Friday said two papers on mutant viruses should be published after all, reversing its…

Controversial bird flu study gets publication go-ahead after security check

Bird flu experts meeting in Geneva ruled that controversial research on a mutant form of the virus potentially capable of being spread among humans should be made public. Security assessments must however be carried out first before the two studies can be published and the research can continue, scientists agreed…