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One Reply to “Gralien Report Daily News for August 7, 2013”

  1. Re Scientists also make mutant virus strains to assess health risks

    It is hard to tell from the article, but the gain-of-function experiments are only proposals at this time. What the influenza virus reserachers are attempting to do is to make as strong a case as possible to the public and their colleagues to avoid any repeat of the debacle surrounding the H5N1 bird flu enhanced human transmissibility work. The National Institutes of Health will review all requests to fund such work with extreme care. Of course, other funding sources may elect to green light such efforts.

    Experiments of this nature, although promoted by some high profile influenza researchers, remain controversial.

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