Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Man-made mutant flu virus that can kill half the planet if released

[ via news ] 20 Dec

TWO scientific journals are debating whether to publish details of a man-made mutant flu virus that many fear could kill half the planet if it is released.

The report says that the US government paid scientists to figure out how the deadly bird flu virus could mutate to become a bigger threat to humans, then demanded virologists researching their work don't release full details of their success.

The H5N1 strain of bird flu is fatal in 60 per cent of human cases but only 350 people have so far died from the disease, largely because it cannot - yet - be transmitted between humans.


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