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Recombinomics Asks WHO to Release Bird Flu Sequences

NEW YORK, March 10 (GenomeWeb News) - Pittsburgh-based Recombinomics today asked the World Health Organization to give global researchers open access to H5N1 avian flu genome sequences. Currently the sequences are in a WHO database that can be accessed by only 15 laboratories.

 

"These sequences should be made available immediately to the general scientific community," Recombinomics said in a statement.

 

The WHO database contains the only gene sequences from confirmed H5N1-positive human patients in Turkey, Iraq, and China, the company said. This week the US announced a new target from a patient in Indonesia.

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