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US biomedical research chiefs defend 'open' H5N1 data

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Drs Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Anthony Fauci, head of the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, last week defended Science magazine's publishing of controversial articles describing a genetically-modified form of the H5N1 avian flu virus found to be highly transmissible in ferrets and the US government's funding of such research.



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