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October 03, 2005

CDC locks up flu data

It's turning into a big news night. Here's a story from the Atlanta Constitution-Journal that takes a quarrel in the US science family and makes it public: CDC locks up flu data.

Amid growing concerns that avian influenza will develop into a deadly pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is under fire by some in the scientific community for hoarding data crucial for vaccine development. The allegations come as CDC has issued new and controversial rules on what data, documents and other information it will — and will not — share with the public.

Open government advocates are critical of the CDC's "Information Security" manual, the 34-page document that gives officials 19 categories to shield data from public scrutiny without obtaining a "secret" classification.

cientific institutions in the US are under the control and direction of the wonderful folks who brought you New Orleans, Baghdad, and intelligent design, we have more to worry about than sick chickens.

Posted by dymaxion at October 3, 2005 12:58 PM

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