H5N1 virus (bird flu) controversy
Shors, Teri Department of Biology and Microbiology, University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
- Influenza viruses and their continuing threat
- Influenza is a wily virus
- Avian or bird flu
- Doomsday virus or no big deal
- Communicating H5N1 research and biosecurity
- Dual-use dilemma
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
Two groups of researchers created a genetically modified version of bird flu virus that could easily spread among ferrets (the animal model for influenza research) in the laboratory. Their research was driven by the need to understand how influenza viruses can mutate into more lethal strains before they cause pandemics that could kill millions of people. These scientists want to publish their research. However, the announcement of the studies at a conference created controversy among experts, public health officials, and the general community. It started a universal debate over scientific openness versus the fear that terrorists or rogue states might use the influenza “cookbook” to create a global doomsday influenza pandemic.
The content above is only an excerpt.
for your institution. Subscribe
To learn more about subscribing to AccessScience, or to request a no-risk trial of this award-winning scientific reference for your institution, fill in your information and a member of our Sales Team will contact you as soon as possible.
to your librarian. Recommend
Let your librarian know about the award-winning gateway to the most trustworthy and accurate scientific information.
AccessScience provides the most accurate and trustworthy scientific information available.
Recognized as an award-winning gateway to scientific knowledge, AccessScience is an amazing online resource that contains high-quality reference material written specifically for students. Contributors include more than 9000 highly qualified scientists and 43 Nobel Prize winners.
MORE THAN 8500 articles and Research Reviews covering all major scientific disciplines and encompassing the McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology and McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science & Technology
115,000-PLUS definitions from the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms
3000 biographies of notable scientific figures
MORE THAN 19,000 downloadable images and animations illustrating key topics
ENGAGING VIDEOS highlighting the life and work of award-winning scientists
SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER STUDY and additional readings to guide students to deeper understanding and research
LINKS TO CITABLE LITERATURE help students expand their knowledge using primary sources of information