China hinders bird flu research

2019-03-02 11:14:08

THE Chinese government is warning scientists not to conduct unsupervised research into bird flu, according to the Beijing News, a Chinese investigative newspaper. The paper, which has come under pressure from the authorities for its exposés, says researchers are being told they must get approval from provincial authorities before dissecting birds or other animals that have died of a disease or collecting samples from them. And before sending any samples of micro-organisms abroad they need approval from the agriculture ministry. “Researchers are being told that they must get approval before dissecting birds” At the same time ProMED-mail,