Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu

MALCOLM RITTER AP Science Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- A U.S. biosecurity panel says it supports publishing two revised studies showing how scientists made new easy-to-spread forms of bird flu in the lab.

The committee said Friday that the updated versions do not reveal information that could be misused by bioterrorists to create a deadly global epidemic. That means two scientific journals will go ahead and publish the research.

The lab research was funded by the U.S. with the hope it would help scientists learn how to prevent the bird flu now in Asia from becoming more dangerous.

But last year the U.S. panel said publishing full details would be too risky. Now the panel is satisfied with the revised research reports.