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  •  Indonesia, Turkey, and China and Azerbaijan (2006) (1+ / 0-)
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    and Iraq and anything that winds up being tested in Mill Hill, UK.

    France has been very good about it, and now Italy as well. The only way to follow whether the virus is mutating towards higher mammalian receptoir affinity is to have them all.

    "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

    by Greg Dworkin on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 12:23:57 PM PST

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    •  Yes, but... (1+ / 0-)
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      ...as far as I can tell, there doesn't seem to be a problem at our end of things.  It looks like we make sequences available to the public pretty contemporaneously to when they are discovered.  Maybe I am misreading this diary but it seems to imply that the reason the missing sequences are unavailable is somehow Bush's fault.  Bush is responsible for a lot of nasty attacks on science but so far, BLAST has somehow fallen under his radar.  I'm not sure we want to call attention to this area in case he feels he's been neglecting his duties to quash scientific collaboration whenever it appears.  

      -3.63, -4.46 "Choose something like a star to stay your mind on- and be staid"

      by goldberry on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:39:49 PM PST

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      •  we do not make things available (1+ / 0-)
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        CDC has been hoarding sequences. reread the branswell piece I linked.

        A spokesperson for the CDC said that agency â€" one of the world's pre-eminent centres for influenza research â€" wants to work toward a solution that would allow more open and rapid sharing of data.

        "We're committed to trying to continue to work on this very issue. We totally understand the importance of quickly sharing this information, especially when it could benefit public health," Tom Skinner says.

        "We also appreciate the complexity of the issues involved in coming up with a system that takes into account the balances of posting as quickly as possible, working with the host nations where these isolates come from, taking into consideration the importance of scientists being able to publish in peer review journals.

        "There are a lot of issues that have to be worked through to come up with a system that is best for everyone involved."

        "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

        by Greg Dworkin on Mon Mar 13, 2006 at 01:59:34 PM PST

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