New research details how the deadly bird flu virus could spread to humans. The information could lead to important vaccines that prevent a pandemic -- or it could become a potential weapon of bioterrorism. In a recent Baker Institute Blog, Meredith Jackson, a rising junior at Rice University and a summer intern for the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program, writes that modern science must balance power and responsibility when deciding whether to make such information public. In the end, she says, "to prepare and protect the world from future pandemics, we must encourage the free exchange of scientific knowledge."

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