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Friday, 22 June 2012

by Kerry Sheridan

Agençe France-Presse
Bird fluA risk factor for contracting the H5N1 virus, commonly known as ‘bird flu’, is the handling of infected poultry

Credit: CDC / Eric Grafman

WASHINGTON: After months of controversy over the risks of bioterrorism, scientists have published research on how a mutant bird flu may spread among mammals and possibly humans.

The paper, which appeared in U.S. journal Science, detailed how a Dutch lab engineered an H5N1 bird flu virus that can be transmitted in the air among ferrets, and followed the publication last month of findings by a U.S.-based team that made similar advances.

Last year, a U.S. biosecurity panel called for only heavily edited results of the two papers to be released, for fear that an ill-intentioned scientist might be able to use the data to unleash a potent and lethal form of bird flu that humans could catch easily.

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