Two new strains of H5N1 virus (responsible for bird flu) that have been created in the laboratory have the ability to transmit more quickly to humans. As a preventive measure against the possibility that they could fall into the hands of inadequate people who could use them as biological weapons, the National Advisory Board for Science for Biosafety (NSABB) of the United States has requested scientific journals Science Y Nature that they do not disseminate all the data related to the development of said strains.
Those responsible for the publications do not agree with this measure because it would veto access to information to researchers who, in their opinion, should know all the details about those studies that may contribute to improving public health. However, the National Institute of Health has communicated its support to the decision of the NSABB, although it has explained that the Government intends to provide scientists with access to the censored information.
The National Institute of Health has explained that the Government intends to provide scientists with access to censored information
Bruce Alberts, editor-in-chief of Science, has pointed out that the journal's response to NSABB's request to hide the details of the study regarding virus mutations and other relevant information will depend on the attitude of the Government, and whether it finally commits in writing to provide these data to all those scientists who request it in order to protect the population and improve their health.
For his part, the editor-in-chief of Nature, Philip Campbell, has stated that it is imperative that all researchers who study influenza viruses know the work of their colleagues if we want to continue advancing in the improvement of public health.