Trouble for the Flu Fighters

The end of federal funding for a disease lab may have serious consequences for scientists in poorer countries

Last month at the U.N., George W. Bush told "as many leaders as I could find" about the need to track the avian-flu virus so that "the world scientific community can analyze the facts." But the ability of scientists in poorer countries to do just that could suffer when federal funding for the Los Alamos Influenza Sequence Database runs out at the end of the month. Until now, access to the online database--used by researchers to compare the genetic codes of new flu strains with the world's biggest collection of flu sequences--has been free. But Los Alamos officials say that without...

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