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Prominent Virologist Defends The Chinese Hybrid H5N1-H1N1 Research, Calls It ‘Good Science’

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There was much written concerning the research published earlier this month in Science, where researchers from China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute reported creating an avian H5N1 (highly pathogenic) and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (easily transmissible) hybrid, that according to them, achieved airborne spread between guinea pigs. Included in the media reports were criticisms from some in the research, virology and public health community. The reactions on the research were mixed, much like the “controversial” research done earlier by Fouchier and Kawaoka. One expert in the field noted on his blog recently that the research was “good science”.
 
 

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