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UW Scientist's work on bird flu won't be published anytime soon

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - A UW Madison scientist will not have his controversial research paper on the bird flu published any time soon. Friday, am international group of flu experts in Geneva said bio-security concerns should be addressed first. And then the work of two scientists, including Yoshihiro Kawaoka of UW Madison, should then be published without deleting sensitive details. The Science and Nature journals responded by saying they would not go ahead with plans to publish edited versions of the research in mid-March. Kawaoka and a professor from the Netherlands generated controversy when they created mutant bird flu viruses as part of their studies. They said the research could eventually help prevent a global outbreak of the fatal bird flu. But in December, the National Science Advisory Board for Bio-Security feared that terrorists could use the information – and the group said the researchers’ work should not be published in full. Kawaoka was among the flu experts attending the Geneva meeting – but he did not comment on the new delay in publishing his work.

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