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Live Q&A 26 June: benefits and risks of mutant-flu research

Now that both of the infamous mutant-flu papers have been published, join us on 26 June at 4 p.m. BST for a live Q&A on the benefits and risks of research on mutant strains of H5N1 avian influenza. What have we learned so far? What remains unknown? And what has the controversy taught us for the future?

Reporters Declan Butler and Ed Yong, both of whom have followed the story closely, will be on hand to answer your questions. Please feel free to suggest questions ahead of time in the comments section below.

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    Wayne McCracken said:

    To answer the question “benefits and risks of FURTHER research” the question of whether there can be any strategies arising from the research that can be used to decrease the risk of a pandemic or defend against a pandemic it it were to arise. We now know that it can arise by two different changes (and likely others) so there appears to be nothing specific to defend against.

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