Super Virus Report Might Make or Break Biosecurity
There has been a long time debate going on in the world about whether or not the studies being conducted by scientists and their results are published publically. Some are of the view that if these reports reach wrong hands, like bioterrorists, they might use it against civilization and use viruses to make mass destruction possible.
On the other hand, some people are of the view that there is need for publishing reports so that people as well as other scientific bodies learn about the findings and further develop them using their expertise for the benefit of humanity.
It was revealed by Michael Selgelid, the Deputy Director from the Monash University's Centre for Human Bioethics that this study about the H5N1 might turn out to be one of the most controversial research made in the biomedical field since a long time.
The lead author of the study was virologist Ron Fouchier from the Erasmus medical centre at Netherlands. The study was introduced at a conference in the month of September, but the publishing of the same is the next most important step for the academic record keeping.
The study is going to be reviewed by the National Security Advisory Board on Biosecurity before it can be passed on further. Even if the advisory panel rejects the report, if the scientists have support from the US government, they might be able to publish the report.
The report is even more controversial after there was the previous H5N1virus in the world which had caused the loss of birds, and was later found to be having human strains in Asia.
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