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A SCIENTIST who worked on a "super virus" to make it spread easily between humans has defended his actions and revealed how he created it.
Professor Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin-Madison said he made a hybrid flu strain by merging H5N1 bird flu with the "swine flu" virus that caused a pandemic in humans in 2009, The Guardian reports.
Science magazine described the new strain as a virus "that could change world history if it were ever set free".
Prof Kawaoka said the experiments were "important for pandemic preparedness” and emphasised the need for countries to stockpile vaccines to combat bird flu.
Working in a high-security laboratory, Prof Kawaoka said he wanted to find out whether the bird flu virus could pick up genetic mutations in the wild that would allow it to adapt to humans and spread rapidly like seasonal flu.
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Originally posted by Anon77
There is a very urgent need to research viruses like this. In nature viruses often pickup and lose genetic code due to mutations. This virus is required to study how to treat such a mutation when it occurs. If we don't find treatments for it now when it's under our control then when this mutation pops up all by itself in nature we will be totally unprepared. Science can't win! People either complain that research such as this is being done or complain when outbreaks happen and there are no effective treatments available!
Face reality, this WILL occur in nature eventually. Better to prepare now than not prepare and possibly loose millions of human lives trying to develop a treatment in the future.