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Concern Over Data Sharing Ethics May Hinder Disease Control During Outbreaks, Scientists Say

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“Genetic information that could help slow disease outbreaks may be kept private by researchers out of fear of violating patients’ rights — that was one of the concerns expressed in a Nature article recently. … That’s problematic, since the open sharing of data is essential to designing effective responses to outbreaks…” (Mohdin, 3/31).

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