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Bird Flu Data Given Wings

Friday, August 25th, 2006 at 20:27 by Rhys Wilcox

A dramatic advancement in genetic research is underway as a result of hoarded avian influenza DNA analysis. Researchers around the globe have been reluctant to release or share their findings for fear that it could be used by third parties and then not credited back to the original scientist.

An agreement conceived by a group of boffins will enable the secure sharing of all types of genetic data. As research data is collated it can be uploaded onto a secure database which is then accessible by anyone signed onto the agreement. It will enable the researchers to better follow the mutations of viruses, the affect of drugs upon them and quickly combat troubled areas.

‘I’s are still to be dotted before the Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data (GISAID for short) can go ahead. Apparently half the debate was whether to call it that or go for Everyone Cough Up The Goods Now Or Lose Sleep When Millions Of People Start Dying (PETTY MINDED SELFISH BASTARDS for short).

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One Comment on “Bird Flu Data Given Wings”

  1. Sharon Says:

    Oh boy! So much for the idea that all those scientists are beavering away in their labs for the common good! Not that anyone who’s ever done any science would believe that, specially if they have a surname some way down in the alphabet.

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