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WHO meeting calls for mutant-flu research to be published ‘in full.’

A two-day meeting of 22 experts convened in Geneva by the World Health Organization which ended this afternoon has concluded that two controversial flu studies should be published in full. The research – which created ferret-transmissible strains of avian H5N1 flu virus – will be published after a delay of probably a few months, which the experts argue is needed to explain better the public-health benefits of the research and allay public concerns over the safety of the work. “There is a preference from a public health perspective for full disclosure of the information in these two studies,” says Keiji Fukuda, assistant director-general of health security and environment at the WHO. “However there are significant public concern surrounding this research that should first be addressed.” 

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