Scientists to decide terror risk of bird flu research
Debate over censoring science data
- Duration 3:49
- Date Mar 16, 2012
Debate over censoring science data
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And -- him as a raging debate over plans to publish full.
On the H five and one -- little scientists altered -- deadly virus the -- could spread from human to human.
Now the government wants sensitive details of this research kept secret.
To keep that information out of the hands of terrorists or anyone else who don't want to have.
I have at our medical eighteen -- -- -- doctor Marc Siegel a professor of medicine at New York university's -- going medical center and doctor -- we have some breaking news on this.
Absolutely -- they're about to reconvene over the next week the national science advisory board on bio security to the side.
Whether this is actually a risk or not or whether they should consistent Sydor to censor this researcher not.
Now we have a statement from James Sensenbrenner.
Who's -- congressman who really opposed to this and thinks it's a big risk he says quote.
I'm a strong proponent of open scientific research but the stakes literally couldn't be higher.
Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula recently put out a call to arms get this for Brothers with degrees in microbiology.
So we know our enemies are considering using these weapons very scary stuff -- about.
We spoke to a bio security expert.
Who actually Sebastien Garko who does actually not believe that al-Qaeda would ever get ahold of this -- take a look at what -- says.
When you get and organizations such as al-Qaeda which is an established threat that's looking to kill lots of people for them it's -- -- realistic option.
So you say that those are some questions about really whether this could get into the wrong hands there's also a question about whether -- new virus is really that dangerous.
The scientists have backtracked initially they came out and it sounded like.
This virus had been altered it could travel easily human -- element.
But then later they made statements the scientists around the world that let them couldn't believe.
That it probably isn't that dangerous and plus the information has already spread to our top scientist -- he's seeing the papers.
I spoke to Laurie Garrett from the council foreign relations -- -- says basically a no science should ever be curtailed and beat.
This particular virus is probably not that deadly let's watching what she has to say about it.
The -- the current editor of science magazine fully published a Paper that described.
How to poisoned thousands of Americans with botulism toxin.
Using the milk supply.
If there was ever -- how to Paper this was the one.
All right there's a hue and cry nobody -- -- you broke the rules.
I I just feel like we have some real hypocrisy here.
That their agenda he's currently this editor is currently considering whether to publish this Paper when he was dealing with botulism -- with a different publication.
But you can understand that science believes it's got to get out there and probably my opinion the US constitution believes it too.
I don't think this is a case where they should be curtailed and I expect the advisory board to agree and turn around in a week or so and say full publication of this.
Real quick here dot do you believe that you -- show both sides of whether or not we think this virus is dangerous it sounded dangerous when we introduced this whole segment -- in your opinion.
Is -- something we really need to be afraid.
I think we need to consider the question in general in this case I spoke to doctor Calvin Berger of the NIH over the years on this he feels this particular virus.
Is likely only kill birds and never no matter what we do to it.
Cross over and be a big threat to us we're not looking at the next movie contagion here.
But we have to be very very careful.
About viruses getting into the wrong hands especially within the laboratories where they're created that's where the biggest mistakes occur according to that bio terror expert us.
Had religious intended to bio -- that we don't -- a whole lot about him that were talking about it today dot.
I think you always nice to have you return.