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ERIC Number: EJ972738
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan-1
Pages: 0
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1931-1362
Science and Security Clash on Bird-Flu Papers
Fischman, Josh
Chronicle of Higher Education, Jan 2012
Censored papers on bird flu, which could help terrorists, have critics wondering if academic scientists can police their own work. The near-publication has brought out general critics of the federal panel, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, and the voluntary self-policing approach that it embraces instead of regulation. Members of the board, on the other hand, argue that more government control will slow down science and medicine so much that drugs and vaccines won't be developed before a disease hits. Even within the board, the episode has brought to the surface worries that existing biosafety committees at academic institutions are not qualified to evaluate this kind of risk, and that the work is not being sufficiently evaluated until it nears publication, which is too late.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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