"Experimental adaptation of an influenza H5 HA confers respiratory droplet transmission to a reassortant H5 HA/H1N1 virus in ferrets."
After an extensive
, months-long debate
, one of two controversial
papers showing ways the H5N1 "avian" influenza virus could potentially become transmissible in mammals with only 3 or 4 mutations was published
today. The journal included an editorial on the merits and drawbacks of "publishing risky research
" with regard to biosafety. The debate included an unprecedented recommendation by The US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to block publication -- a decision they later reversed.
's special report
has additional articles, including interviews with the teams behind both papers.
For my 250th post: There is a lot of interesting research going on in business schools, and some of it is even fun to watch. Wharton has been hosting 10 minute entertaining talks on cutting-edge research by faculty including: where inspiration comes from at work
, how time relates to happiness
, how to run an innovation tournament
, socially responsible investing
, learning from people who leave your company
and what breakfast cereal and Steve Jobs have to tell us about the secret sources of innovation
. If you want less academics in your business school mini-lectures, Stanford also has a collection of advice to entrepreneurs
on many subjects that includes everyone from Mark Zuckerberg
to Guy Kawasaki
People often say 90% of statistics are made up on the spot. This probably isn't true, but according to this scientific paper
about a third of scientific papers turn out to be wrong.
Perhaps we shouldn't be so quick to take published research at face value
. (research applies to medical research, not other fields of science, as far as I can tell)