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Avian flu controversy comes to roost at WHO

Almost two dozen experts kicked off a two-day international meeting this morning at the World Health Organisation in Geneva, in a bid to find ways to move forward in the controversy over two studies that have created strains of the H5N1 avian flu virus that are transmissible in ferrets. The meeting may reach some consensus on a few immediate issues, such as what parts of the studies should be published, and who might qualify for access to the full papers on a ‘need-to-know’ basis. 

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