U.S. announces avian influenza research guidelines

The U.S. government has released guidelines for future avian influenza research, moving closer to allowing domestic researchers under a voluntary moratorium to resume their work on the virus. The guidelines require a detailed analysis of the risks and benefits associated with making the virus more dangerous before government funding will be made available. At the University of Wisconsin's Influenza Research Institute, where a professor produced an avian influenza strain that was transmissible between ferrets, no structural changes to the laboratory were necessary, but proposals for new work will have to undergo additional review.

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