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Message Subject <<Advancing Bird Flu-H5N1...Now following MERS and Ebola approaching PANDEMICS>>>
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Readers will remember the controversy that emerged surrounding the research that was conducted on H5N1 and its deliberate mutating to become H2H transmissible.

Following that controversy there was originally a 60 day freeze placed on further research, while various ethical matters were given the time to be assesed and discussed regarding this type of research.

That period has now passed and there is again some commentary from several sources looking to re-commence that research.

This article comes from the two original researchers.

The Pause on Avian H5N1 Influenza Virus Transmission Research Should Be Ended
Ron A. M. Fouchiera, Adolfo García-Sastreb, and Yoshihiro Kawaokac,d,e
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Viroscience Lab, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlandsa;
Department of Microbiology, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, Global Health and Emerging Pathogens Institute, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York, USAb;
Department of Pathobiological Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USAc;
Division of Virology and International Research Center for Infectious Diseases, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo, Shirokanedai, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japand; and
ERATO Infection-Induced Host Responses Project, Saitama, Japane
Address correspondence to Ron A. M. Fouchier, r.fouchier@erasmusmc.nl.
A voluntary 60-day pause on avian H5N1 influenza virus transmission research was announced in January 2012 by the international community of influenza scientists engaged in this work to provide time to explain the benefits of such work and the risk mitigation measures in place. Subsequently, the pause was extended to allow for time for review of the biosafety and biosecurity conditions. After almost 8 months, these conditions have been met in some countries and are close to being met in others. Because H5N1 virus transmission studies are essential for pandemic preparedness, researchers who have approval from their governments and institutions to conduct this research safely under appropriate biosecurity conditions should resume this important work.

The views expressed in this Commentary do not necessarily reflect the views of the journal or of ASM.

Citation Fouchier RAM, García-Sastre A, Kawaoka Y. 2012. The pause on avian H5N1 influenza virus transmission research should be ended. mBio 3(5):e00358-12. doi:10.1128/mBio.00358-12.
Copyright © 2012 Fouchier et al.
This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License, which permits unrestricted noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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