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A strategy devised to keep the world polio-free once the virus has finally been wiped from the Earth may be setting the Global Polio Eradication Initiative on a collision course with scientists studying a range of other viruses.

Non-polio scientists — specifically those who study diarrheal and respiratory diseases — have collections of research specimens stashed around the world that could actually harbor hidden polioviruses. The global polio plan calls for such specimens to be destroyed or sent to one of a small number of facilities designated as safe to house polio specimens.

That means scientists who focus on infections such as rotavirus, influenza, or measles may be asked to sacrifice research collections representing years of work for the sake of the polio cause. Some have been less than enthusiastic when queried about their specimen collections.

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