Saturday, December 24, 2011

Avian Influenza - A Threat We Should be Ready For

Recent news reports have detailed the research conducted by Dutch virologists that created an extremely contagious strain of the avian influenza - sometimes called H5NI or "bird flu". Two things that are troubling about these reports is that the research was conducted in the first place and the willingness of the researchers to provide comprehensive details on how to replicate the experiments to scientific journals for publication. Just what we need - online instructions that terrorists can follow to create biological weapons. Read a concise explanation of this new development in "Making Avian Influenza As Contagious as Season Flu", Lawfare, December 23, 2011.

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