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Researchers are planning to create deadlier and more highly transmissible versions of the H7N9 bird flu with the hope they will be able to predict how it will mutate and determine whether or not there is a risk that it could result in a pandemic.
According to genetic analysis, the virus that killed a man in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia earlier this year is linked to viruses found in bats.
The results from a research project on a pandemic strain of the H5N1 bird flu virus were recently published; scientists were interested in studying how the changes in the H5N1 virus can spread among people.
A World Health Organization (WHO) panel has ruled that a pair of studies detailing how scientists were able to mutate the H5N1 bird flu virus into a strain that could lead to a global pandemic will not be published in the near future.
The scientists behind a pair of controversial research projects designed to make a deadly strain of bird flu more contagious have agreed to halt their work for 60 days in order to allow experts to determine whether or not the research could lead to a global pandemic or a possible bioterrorism threat.
Scientists are now saying that the U.S. government should not get to decide who controls the scientific information involving how to make the dangerous bird-flu virus.
A virus that causes cold-like symptoms in humans originated in birds and may have crossed the species barrier around 200 years ago, according to an article published in the December issue of the Journal of General Virology.