EXPERIMENTS WITH MUTANT VIRUS OF BIRD FLU

Scientists have constructed mutant strains of bird viruses by genetic engineering to facilitate the transmission of the same in chickens as animal model, in order to unravel the precise mechanisms of infection.

This strain is highly lethal in humans but its transmission is very inefficient; it is very difficult to be transmitted as ordinary flu, but once caught, is very serious.

Scientists recognize the controversy about the risk of accidental release of its mutant strains of the virus, which could be used by terrorist groups.



The research, in short, is to transform the virus so it becomes more contagious than never and to reveal its mechanisms of transmission for after creating an antidote.

For some, the result of this investigation is a biological bomb if terrorist gangs could get it, for others it is a necessary research to unravel the processes of contagion.

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