Scientists to begin making super strains of H7N9 bird flu, funded in part by US government

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A a deadly new strain of bird flu called H7N9 has killed at least 43 people and infected a total of 134, mainly in western China, according to the World Health Organization. The outbreak in humans has slowed down since the virus was first detected in March, thankfully. But things on the virology front are heating back up because today, 22 scientists from around the world announced their decision to begin new experiments on the virus, which will involve deliberately mutating it in laboratories to create more lethal, drug-resistant and easily-transmissible strains. “Although this A(H7N9) virus outbreak is now under control, the virus (or one with similar properties) could reemerge as winter approaches,” the scientists write in a letter…

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