posted on Nov, 26 2009 @ 02:06 PM
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On one of the most secure laboratories in the world scientists want to mix one of the most contagious viruses that exists with one of the deadliest.
The goal is to determine whether swine flu and bird flu can be a dangerous mix.
Swine flu (H1N1) infected easily, but only takes the life of a fraction of those who are infected. Bird flu (H5N1) takes the lives of more than 60
percent of its human victims, but rarely transmitted from person to person. Should these two mixed up, or mutate, a new type of horror virus see the
light of day: A virus with a mortality rate of avian influenza virus and infectious of the swine influenza virus, Dagsavisen.
By Inserm-lab biosafety level 4 in Lyon in France is deadly viruses, such as Ebola, Marburg and Hendra locked in safes. The lab is located in a
building that will withstand both earthquakes and explosions. Researchers are moving around in the protective equipment that is reminiscent of
spacesuits with its own oxygen supply. Inserm is the French national institute for public health and medical research.
Now, research group in Lyon to try to determine if the H1N1 virus will mix with its more deadly cousin H5N1 and become a virus with the worst features
of both. If you find out what kind of mute ring that can take place and what type of flu that can occur, it may be the key to predicting how future
pandemics will evolve.
They have now studied how H1N1 can become resistant to medication Tamiflu. Now we hope the research group's leader, Bruno Lina, to get the green
light to start trying to mix the two viruses.
- It is a controversial study, but it is basic research that needs to be done, "says Lina of the magazine Nature.
- If you find out which parts of the H5H1 virus that are most vulnerable to shuffle about, so you can be extra careful if the virus is changing there,
Olav Hungnes is the coordinator for influenza surveillance at the NIPH in Norway. He said that the possibility exists that the swine flu virus may
change. Hungnes explains that the virus' genetic characteristics can omstokkes so that it takes up in the genes from another virus. In order for the
swine influenza virus and the avian flu virus is mixed into a new dangerous viruses is that they meet. There are so few cases of bird flu in humans,
the chances are small, "says Hungnes.
Bird flu has the highest prevalence in Southeast Asia.
- It has been thought that the pig could act as a mixture cut for the two types of influenza. Der reviewed pigs, geese and people freely. But so far
this has not happened, "said Dr. Bjorn Iversen at the NIPH.
- If it's going to happen, no one knows. What you think of this question depends on whether you are an optimist or pessimist. Optimist would say that
since it has not happened yet, it will not happen at all. Pessimist would say that now it has held for so long that it is right before it can do it.
Although I think the likelihood that it will occur is low. Now the bird flu virus circulating since 1987. It came back in 2003, and despite the fact
that it has been very much normal seasonal influenza, there have not been able to mix with this, "says Iversen.
Bjorn Iversen says that there is research on this around the world. On a U.S. laboratory have researcher Jeffrey Taube Berger managed to reconstruct
the Spanish sickness virus that ravaged the early 1900's. His research team has cultivated a new live virus. (ANB)