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How red tape tripped up coronavirus sleuths

Seattle Flu Study
The Seattle Flu Study set up kiosks to take nasal swab samples and gather information about the spread of infectious diseases. (University of Washington Photo)

Regulators have blocked the Seattle Flu Study’s guerrilla effort to trace the spread of novel coronavirus, citing ethical concerns, but leaders of the effort say they’re working out an alternate path to continue their investigation.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributing editor at GeekWire, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing. Check out "About Alan Boyle" for more fun facts.

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