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|27 February 2005: CORPORATIONS BRACE FOR ACTION TO FIGHT DEADLY INFLUENZA|
|LOS ANGELES - Increasing concern over the prospect of a bird flu pandemic is raising the profile of companies both large and small, any one of which could end up being a critical link in warding off the disease.|
From pharmaceutical leviathan Chiron Corp. to tiny Amarillo Biosciences, a number of companies are jumping into the fray on how to attack what is known as avian influenza -- or H5N1 in scientific circles -- should an outbreak hit.
It's not just biopharmaceutical companies that are examining the issue either. The poultry industry is weighing in as part of an effort to reassure the public that chickens are safe to eat.
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