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  • H5N1 Influenza Virus Panel Sparks Lively Debate

    On February 2, the Emerging Infectious Diseases & Microbiology Discussion Group of the New York Academy of Sciences presented "Dual Use Research: H5N1 Influenza Virus and Beyond," a discussion between scientists, publishers, and ethicists that explored the myriad issues surrounding the impending publication of two controversial research studies on the avian influenza virus (H5N1).

    Taking place during the voluntary 60-day moratorium on H5N1 research, panel members provided thoughtful, and often dichotomous, views on the issues of scientific censorship, public safety, the role of government in regulating research, the value of animal models, and the impetus for research.

    Here, the Academy presents Part 1 of the panel discussion, featuring moderator W. Ian Lipkin, MD, Center for Infection & Immunity at Columbia University, and panelists Arturo Casadevall, MD, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and member, US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB); Laurie Garrett, PhD, Council on Foreign Relations; Barbara R. Jasny, PhD, Science; Veronique Kiermer, PhD, Nature Publishing Group; Michael T. Osterholm, PhD, MPH, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, University of Minnesota, and member, NSABB; Peter Palese, PhD, Mount Sinai School of Medicine; Vincent Racaniello, PhD, Columbia University; and Alan S. Ruldolph, PhD, Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

    To view the full multimedia report of the event, including Part 2 of the panel discussion in its entirety, visit our free public eBriefing.


    Still photo: David Lubarsky Photography LLC

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    Can Oysters Save New York Harbor?

    In 2003, the New York Harbor School opened as the city's first public high school with a curriculum focused exclusively on the local marine environment. With dozens of partners, the Harbor School has made the restoration of the local oyster population to self-sustaining levels the centerpiece of its unique marine science and technology curriculum.

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