Lives At Risk From Mutant Virus Research

Lives At Risk From Mutant Virus Research
  • Public health experts have cautioned that the controversial experiments on mutant viruses could unleash a potential pandemic, and its adverse affects far outweigh the possible benefits from it.
  • Scientists are conducting experiments by creating and altering viruses to understand how natural strains evolve into more lethal forms that spread quickly among humans.
  • The risks are due to the high risk of contamination of one person, who then spreads it to another potentially unleashing a pandemic.
  • It is reminiscent of a previous crisis in 2012 when US biosecurity panel refrained from publishing a report on the studies conducted on mutant bird flu viruses as they were too dangerous to publish.
  • One fear was that the bioterrorists may acquire the recipe for these pathogens.
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