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Scientists create deadly Flu Virus

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Scientists have created an H5N1 avian influenza strain that has been genetically altered and is now easily transmissible between ferrets, the animals that most closely mimic the human response to flu. Flu researchers believe it’s likely that the pathogen, if it emerged in nature or were released, would trigger an influenza pandemic, quite possibly with many millions of deaths. The virus’s creators say the research, which has been submitted for publication, promises major public health benefits. They say, the H5N1 virus with pandemic potential is useful to study changes in the wild and prepare countermeasures. But the work is currently being debated among scientists, biosecurity experts, and U.S. government officials. (Courtesy: http://www.sciencemag.org)


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