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Killer bird flu? What's behind the controversy over bird flu research

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Trine Tsouderos, Chicago Tribune reporter, has published a Q&A with several leading virologists on the controversy surrounding the potential impact of full publication of two studies on the airborne transmissibility of H5N1.

"Media reports about the controversy have been marked by frightening language, including the oft-repeated claim that the virus kills 60 percent of the people it infects. On Saturday, a New York Times editorial questioned whether the research should have been done in the first place, writing: "They created a virus that could kill tens or hundreds of millions of people if it escaped confinement or was stolen by terrorists."

But is that true? The Tribune contacted virologists and other influenza experts, including a member of the advisory board, to sort through the claims and offer some perspective."

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