Virologist interviewee linked to anti-flu funding drive — Media Guardian

Peter Wilby on swine flu coverage: "Several papers, and particularly the Daily Mail, gave prominence to Professor Nigel Dimmock, a Warwick University virologist, who warned "this has the potential to be bigger than Spanish influenza", the 1918 pandemic that may have killed 50 million worldwide. Dimmock, as no newspaper mentioned, founded a university spin-off company called ViraBiotech, which is seeking investment to develop "an entirely new method of protecting against flu" (I quote from a press release smartly issued by Warwick University last Monday, with a footnote admitting it was using "the current heightened global concern" to help raise funds). I do not suggest this influenced Dimmock's views in any way. But it would be helpful if newspapers informed us of these things."

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