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Scientists mutate bird flu to make it MORE contagious

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posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 03:51 PM
but critics claim the 'bioweapon' must be kept secret

Just five tweaks to H5N1 makes it more contagious
Contagious version of bird flu could cause pandemic
Scientists divide over whether findings can be released

The H5N1 bird flu virus has killed 500 people - and outbreaks sparked terror around the world about the possibility of a global pandemic.

So far, the virus has not been contagious enough to pose a threat of a global pandemic. Sick people don't pass it readily to the healthy.

But that might change.

At a flu conference in Malta this September, virologist Ron Fouchier of the Erasmus Medical Centre in the Netherlands made an astounding, and terrifying, announcement.

He found that a few simple genetic tweaks to the virus made it far more infectious among ferrets - a standard animal model used to study how viruses spread among humans.

Fouchier found that a mere five mutations to the virus were sufficient to make it spread far more easily.

Read more: eHhsEiwX

So I wonder when this will "accidentally" be released unto the public.....or do they even realize that if someone with adequate resources, with this information, will be able to make it for their own purposes.

Scary stuff.

edit on 20-11-2011 by MidnightTide because: (no reason given)

posted on Nov, 20 2011 @ 03:57 PM
You're a bit late - already discussed here:


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