Volume 90 Issue 2 | p. 7 | News of The Week
Issue Date: January 9, 2012

Biosafety: Lab-made bird flu has the World Health Organization ‘deeply concerned’

Department: Science & Technology
News Channels: Biological SCENE
Keywords: influenza, avian flu, pandemic, publishing, biosecurity

The World Health Organization (WHO) has weighed in on the controversy surrounding potentially lethal lab-made forms of the H5N1 avian flu virus. The United Nations’ health body says it is “deeply concerned about the potential negative consequences” of the work.

The lab-created viruses, WHO officials note, are more transmissible than real-world strains of H5N1 and might cause a pandemic if they escaped the lab or got into the wrong hands. The virus . . .

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