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Website Launched for Rapid Sharing of Flu Research

by VR Sreeraman on  August 21, 2009 at 12:26 PM News on IT in Healthcare   - G J E 4
The Public Library of Science (PLoS), a US non-profit, launched a website on Thursday designed for health researchers to quickly share discoveries or ideas about battling influenza.

A test version of PLoS Currents: Influenza website went live with help from Internet powerhouse Google.
 Website Launched for Rapid Sharing of Flu Research
Website Launched for Rapid Sharing of Flu Research
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"In response to the recent worldwide H1N1 influenza outbreak, the first PLoS Currents research theme is influenza," PLoS chairman Harold Varmus wrote in a message at Google's website.

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"The key goal of PLoS Currents is to accelerate scientific discovery by allowing researchers to share their latest findings and ideas immediately with the world?s scientific and medical communities."

A "small, expert research community" runs the Currents website, which features Google Knol technology for sharing data vetted by moderators, according to Varmus.

Currents also taps into a new, independent Rapid Research Notes database at the US National Center for Biotechnology Information.

Currents: Influenza was described as a prototype for future PLoS websites devoted to other health topics.

Source: AFP
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