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Unexpected Origin of an Avian Virus
The transmission of reticuloendotheliosis viruses from mammals to birds was most likely an unexpected consequence of medical research.
A report published today (August 27) in PLOS Biology tells the surprising story of reticuloendotheliosis virus (REV) evolution and how, in the 1930s, unwitting malaria researchers were most likely responsible for transmitting REV from mammals to birds. The report highlights the importance of modern-day virus monitoring to limit potentially adverse transmission effects.
...“It’s basically an example of a contamination that went rogue . . . and extraordinary bad luck.”
I am sure there are plenty of labs that we don't know anything about that are actually engineering this stuff
...over all, aren't we glad that they did? (mostly)