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Live Chat: Should Science Be Censored?

11 January 2012 2:38 pm
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The debate continues about two papers that resulted in H5N1 influenza strains that are more easily transmissible between mammals and may have the potential to trigger a pandemic. Last month, the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) recommended that key details be redacted from the studies, which are under review at Nature and Science. Some say that's a blow to scientific freedom; others argue the studies should never have been done in the first place.

This week on ScienceLive, we'll talk about the benefits and risks of the H5N1 transmissibility studies and whether they should be published in full. Also on the table: Should experiments that could help aspiring bioterrorists be more tightly regulated—and if so, how? Our guests are two influenza experts, including a member of the NSABB.

Join us for the live chat at 3 p.m. EST on Thursday, 12 January. You can leave your questions in the comment box at the bottom of that page before the chat starts.