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Biosecurity Board Recommends Full Publication of Bird Flu Studies 21

An anonymous reader writes "Two controversial scientific papers on a mutant form of the H5N1 avian flu virus should be published in uncensored form after a review determined there would be no immediate threat from releasing the data, a U.S. biosecurity panel said, revising its earlier decision."
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Biosecurity Board Recommends Full Publication of Bird Flu Studies

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  • by acidfast7 ( 551610 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @08:35AM (#39558699)
    as it has been disseminated previously (at conferences, etc...) Why is this "still" an issue? Just publish it and be done with it.
  • Confirmation (Score:5, Insightful)

    by openfrog ( 897716 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @08:36AM (#39558705)

    Another confirmation, and a particularly revealing and interesting one at that, that there is no security trough obscurity.

  • by tiberus ( 258517 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @09:02AM (#39558873)

    Ah, the Great Belief (tm) that I (we) should somehow feeling inherently safer, sleep easier at night and be proud to bring our children into a world where only the Trusted Few (tm) know the Awesome Secrets of the Puniverse (tm). I'd like to be the first to call Bullshit but, many Great Seers have come down from the mountain and proclaimed thus before me.

    Can we, as a society, not see that it is our fear that puts us at risk and not knowledge? Trust me, the Bad Guys(tm) already know the Bad Stuff(tm). The fear based hording of information won't stop something bad from happening.

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Tuesday April 03, 2012 @09:18AM (#39559007)

    One of these days, a pandemic will sweep across the globe and we will not be prepared. Not because we were not warned. But because we were warned far too many times.

    For fuck's sake, it's no longer a secret that the H5N1 pandemic was a big hype. At least publish it now and confess that you fucked up, that way you may retain at least a bit of credibility. Else you're just seen as the kid who cries wolf for fun (or in this case, profit).

"In matrimony, to hesitate is sometimes to be saved." -- Butler