Scientists claim they have created a deadly form of the bird flu (H5N1) virus in the laboratory that could spark a pandemic, killing millions – but cynics reckon it is yet another attempt to boost flagging vaccine sales.
A team at the Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam claims to have developed a mutated form of the H5N1 virus that can pass between ferrets – an animal that is close enough to human biology to suggest it could also be passed between us. They were due to publish the results of their work in two science journals, but the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) asked the editorial boards to halt the publication of the paper.
NSABB’s Prof Paul Keim has issued a warning to governments to prepare for a leak of the mutated virus into the public domain.
Reference: What Doctors Don’t Tell You (WDDTY)