On 2 February, scientists and public health officials squared off in a panel discussion at the New York Academy of Sciences. At stake, the fate of two papers which describe a mutant strain of the avian influenza virus H5N1. The virus is capable of mammal-to-mammal transmission, which has raised concern that it might be transferable to humans. Several panelists sat down with Nature News to discuss their positions prior to the panel discussion.
For more on the NYAS debate, visit our blog http://blogs.nature.com/news/2012/02/emotion-runs-high-at-h5n1-debate.html and see our web special about the ongoing controversy over H5N1 http://www.nature.com/news/specials/mutantflu/index.html