Avian Flu Mechanics

From ScienceInsider, here. The key question: where is the line in scientific publishing where the knowledge could lead to global catastrophe?

In this case, what molecular changes in the avian flu genome would make it as transmissible (to humans) as it is virulent?

I’m sure Oppenheimer and his colleagues on that mesa in New Mexico were having similar thoughts in June of 1945–not in terms of publishing, but rather demonstrating an atomic bomb.