DIY mutH5N1?

The amateur biologist tinkering away in her garage is Michael Osterholm's biggest concern when it comes to the potential publication of the mutated H5N1 bird flu virus papers.

After months of debate, The New York Times reports, "a panel of scientists brought together by the World Health Organization recommended last week in favor of publishing the [mutH5N1] results." Still, it adds, "there is no word on exactly when those papers — withheld since last fall by the journals Nature and Science — will appear."

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