Scientists' alarm: New strain of killer flu created in Chinese lab

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Scientists' alarm: New strain of killer flu created in Chinese lab

Post  Tess on Fri May 03, 2013 12:26 pm

'Appalling irresponsibility': Senior scientists attack Chinese researchers for creating new strains of influenza virus in veterinary laboratory. Experts warn of danger that the new viral strains created by mixing bird-flu virus with human influenza could escape from the laboratory to cause a global pandemic killing millions of people.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/appalling-irresponsibility-senior-scientists-attack-chinese-researchers-for-creating-new-strains-of-influenza-virus-in-veterinary-laboratory-8601658.html

... now a team of Chinese scientists has investigated that in their lab by creating a new hybrid virus. They combined H5N1 avian influenza, which is highly lethal but doesn’t transmit easily between people, with the highly contagious H1N1 swine flu strain responsible for infecting tens of millions of people in 2009. The new hybrid virus passed easily between guinea pigs, which are used to study how flu infects mammals. Molecular changes in the virus may provide clues of what to look for in circulating H5N1 strains, perhaps allowing scientists to anticipate when viruses will more easily infect humans.

http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2013/05/h5n1-h1n1-reassortment/
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Re: Scientists' alarm: New strain of killer flu created in Chinese lab

Post  Flix on Fri May 03, 2013 2:22 pm

As if we haven't got enough epidemics already, but I suppose it's case of 'if it can be done we should do it first' (and hopefully find a vaccine).
Anyway I'm already stocked up on overalls, gloves and HINI masksand plenty of soap and antiviral anti bacteria disinfectant..

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Re: Scientists' alarm: New strain of killer flu created in Chinese lab

Post  mattiducatti on Fri May 03, 2013 3:12 pm


Scientists creating new viruses, should not be done.
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