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Bird flu researchers want to create deadly virus in lab

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Researchers said Wednesday they want to create a lab version of a deadly emerging bird flu in order to study a strain that might be more infectious to people. Responding to past concerns about such research, the U.S. government said it will require extra safety measures.

The H7N9 bird flu virus has killed 43 people in China. The 22 international researchers from 15 institutions say the infectivity research "is necessary and should be done," a statement in Science magazine said. They promise to follow enhanced lab safeguards. Similar efforts to study a more transmissible flu virus, for H5N1 bird flu, triggered a research moratorium and controversy in 2011.
 
 

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  1. This headline is terribly misleading; in fact it is completely wrong and I predicted such headlines would issue when I first saw the letter about gain of function research. The investigators are not at all trying to create a deadly version of H7N9 virus; they are trying to give the virus new properties so they can understand what changes might alter the virus to make it evade immunity, antiviral drugs, and so on. For more information see: http://www.virology.ws/2013/08/07/virologists-plan-influenza-h7n9-gain-of-function-experiments/

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