NPR - "Bird Flu Researchers To Meet About Research Moratorium"
Top influenza researchers around the world published a statement back in January saying they would temporarily hold off on any work with contagious, lab-altered forms of a particularly worrisome form of bird flu. The unusual voluntary moratorium was supposed to last only 60 days, but it's been more than six months. Flu researchers are going to New York next week for the annual conference of the government-funded Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance. Dr. Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, a virologist at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, who is one of the organizers, said he doubted the moratorium would be lifted at the meeting because flu researchers are still waiting for official word from the U.S. government about what kind of lab safety will be required for federally funded work, and what kinds of risk-mitigation plans will have to be submitted before experiments get done. Learn more