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Michael Specter on the dangers of studying bird flu

March 5th, 2012

Episode 250 of 447 episodes

This week in the magazine, Michael Specter writes about the Dutch scientist Ron Fouchier, who created a virulent strain of bird flu. Here Specter talks with Blake Eskin about Fouchier's scientific goals, why some critics think his research shouldn't be published, and why suppressing such research could be more dangerous.

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