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Creating a super-contagious mutant version of bird-flu may have been a bad idea, WHO warnsThe World Health Organization issued a stern warning on Friday to scientists who have engineered a highly pathogenic form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, saying their work carries significant risks and must be tightly controlled.The United Nations health body said it was “deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences” of work by two leading flu research teams who this month said they had found ways to make H5N1 into a easily transmissable form capable of causing lethal human pandemics.The work by the teams, one in The Netherlands and one in the United States, has already prompted an unprecedented censorship call from U.S. security advisers who fear that publishing details of the research could give potential attackers the know-how to make a bioterror weapon.In its first comment on the controversy, the WHO said: “While it is clear that conducting research to gain such knowledge must continue, it is also clear that certain research, and especially that which can generate more dangerous forms of the virus….has risks.” (Photo: Kham)

Creating a super-contagious mutant version of bird-flu may have been a bad idea, WHO warns
The World Health Organization issued a stern warning on Friday to scientists who have engineered a highly pathogenic form of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, saying their work carries significant risks and must be tightly controlled.

The United Nations health body said it was “deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences” of work by two leading flu research teams who this month said they had found ways to make H5N1 into a easily transmissable form capable of causing lethal human pandemics.

The work by the teams, one in The Netherlands and one in the United States, has already prompted an unprecedented censorship call from U.S. security advisers who fear that publishing details of the research could give potential attackers the know-how to make a bioterror weapon.

In its first comment on the controversy, the WHO said: “While it is clear that conducting research to gain such knowledge must continue, it is also clear that certain research, and especially that which can generate more dangerous forms of the virus….has risks.” (Photo: Kham)

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    Research has stopped for now, for the safety of everyone.. BUT! The researchers wish to publish their findings for all...
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    If the United nations, who routinely gives China humanitarian awards, says you fucked up….YOU FUCKED UP. The ugly side...
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    Research is one thing but creating a lethal virus is another.
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    Some fucked up shittttt!
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    Haha. We’re all going to die because people LOVE letting birds shit and roost in the places they eat and sleep. Oh wait…...
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    fucking STOP
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