Global bird flu sequence database planned

According to this story in Science, a former Hollywood TV executive has been flying around the world on his own coin collecting signatures for a proposed “Global Initiative on Sharing Avian Influenza Data”, through which genomic sequences of avian influenza are made public. The executive, Peter Bogner, who bears a striking resemblance to Eric Idle, was inspired by the campaign of Italian virologist Ilaria Capua, who had called for the open sharing of H5N1 sequence data earlier this year. Mr Bogner’s motivations are unclear:

Capua says Bogner initially suggested that he was working for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Bogner says that the U.N. is one of his clients but not on this issue; indeed, he says, he hasn’t been paid a cent for his flu efforts. “In fairness, there are some aspects of this whole story I don’t quite understand,” says Capua. “But we’re getting what we want.”

UPDATE: Here is the letter to Nature referred to in the story above, in which we find that the Global Initiative on Sharing Influenza Data (GISAID) has a website.

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2 Responses to Global bird flu sequence database planned

  1. good blog is dead blog:-) long live!

  2. Wow – really cool subject. I am going to write about it too!

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