Bird Flu H5N1 Etc
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US biosecurity board expert warns against details of H5N1 bird flu getting into wrong hands The bioterrorism expert responsible for censoring scientific research which could lead to the creation of a devastating pandemic has admitted the information "is going to get out" eventually. Professor Paul Keim, chairman of the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity, controversially recommended that researchers be stopped from publishing the precise mutations needed to transform the H5N1 strain of birdflu virus into a human-transmissible version. In an exclusive interview with The Independent, he argued it had been necessary to limit the release of the scientific details because of fears that terrorists may use the information to create their own H5N1 virus that could be spread easily between people.
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The World Health Organization is investigating claims made by an Australian researcher that new the H1N1 swine flu virus may have evolved as result of human error. Adrian Gibbs, 75, said he planned to publish a report saying the never-before-seen strain of influenza may have evolved in eggs used to grow viruses for scientific research and vaccine development, according to Bloomberg News. The noted virologist said his findings could help better understand the microbe's ability to spread. World Health Organization Assistant Director-General of Health Security Keiji Fukuda is reviewing the study, Bloomberg reported.
Avian Flu Breakthrough a Cause for Concern to Scientists Denise Grady & Donald G. Mcneil Jr. | January 03, 2012 Recent reports that two teams of scientists had genetically altered a deadly flu virus to make it more contagious have provoked fear, even outrage, in some quarters. Biosecurity advisers to the US government, which helped fund the research, have urged that full details not be published for fear that terrorists could make use of them. The World Health Organization warned on Friday that while such studies were important, they also could have deadly consequences. Some scientists argue the research should not have been done since the modified virus could slip out of a lab and spark an epidemic.
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Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 , also known as " bird flu ", A(H5N1) or simply H5N1 , is a subtype of the influenza A virus which can cause illness in humans and many other animal species. [ 1 ] A bird-adapted strain of H5N1, called HPAI A(H5N1) for "highly pathogenic avian influenza virus of type A of subtype H5N1", is the causative agent of H5N1 flu , commonly known as " avian influenza " or "bird flu". It is enzootic in many bird populations, especially in Southeast Asia . One strain of HPAI A(H5N1) is spreading globally after first appearing in Asia. It is epizootic (an epidemic in nonhumans) and panzootic (affecting animals of many species, especially over a wide area), killing tens of millions of birds and spurring the culling of hundreds of millions of others to stem its spread.
ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS —Locked up in the bowels of the medical faculty building here and accessible to only a handful of scientists lies a man-made flu virus that could change world history if it were ever set free. The virus is an H5N1 avian influenza strain that has been genetically altered and is now easily transmissible between ferrets, the animals that most closely mimic the human response to flu. Scientists believe it's likely that the pathogen, if it emerged in nature or were released, would trigger an influenza pandemic, quite possibly with many millions of deaths.
'Anthrax isn't scary at all compared to this': Man-made flu virus with potential to wipe out many millions should never have been created, warns frightened scientistBy Daily Mail Reporter UPDATED: 15:36 GMT, 28 November 2011 Scientist responsible is bracing himself for a media storm Just five tweaks to H5N1 makes it more contagious Contagious version of bird flu could cause pandemic Scientists divided over whether findings can be released A group of scientists is pushing to publish research about how they created a man-made flu virus that could potentially wipe out civilisation. The deadly virus is a genetically tweaked version of the H5N1 bird flu strain, but is far more infectious and could pass easily between millions of people at a time. The research has caused a storm of controversy and divided scientists, with some saying it should never have been carried out. Deadly: The new strain of bird flu could wipe out millions of people at a time
A group of scientists are trying to publish a paper on how they created a new flu virus that could wipe out all humanity. The study that produced the virus is the subject of raging controversy, with some scientists saying it should never have been done. Concern about the threat of the virus is heightened by the realization of the damage it could do if it is accidentally released from the laboratory or it gets into the hands of people who may want to use it for mischievous purposes. The research study has raised a debate on the limits of scientific freedom, especially in cases of "dual-use research," that is, studies with potential public health benefit but which could also be adapted for mischief, such as bio-warfare. Daily Mail reports the new deadly virus is the genetically modified version of H5N1 bird flu virus.