Updated on 22 May 2013
Defending the research, eminent virologist and professor of microbiology and immunology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University, Vincent Racaniello, said on his blog that the experiments were quite well designed. He explained, "I firmly believe that laboratory-constructed viruses do not have what it takes to be a human pathogen. I believe that scientists are quite responsible when it comes to safe handling of pathogens. If we worry about every type of transmission experiment involving influenza H5N1 virus, we will never make progress in understanding why this virus does not transmit among humans." More from his analysis can be read at www.virology.ws.
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