11 Feb '12, 2am

Health experts, scientists to discuss bird flu studies

Health experts, scientists to discuss bird flu studies

The World Health Organisation said on Friday it will meet next week to determine whether scientists can publish research on a bird flu virus that may be easily passed among humans. -- PHOTO: REUTERS GENEVA (AFP) - The World Health Organisation said on Friday it will meet next week to determine whether scientists can publish research on a bird flu virus that may be easily passed among humans. The two-day discussion will relate to research on a mutation of the H5N1 virus that international scientists halted on Jan 20 citing fears of the devastation it could wreak were it to escape the laboratory. According to WHO, avian influenza H5N1 is primarily transmitted between birds, and very rarely to humans. Two separate teams of researchers, one in the Netherlands and the other in the United States, found ways late last year to engineer the H5N1 virus so that it is transmitted amon...

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