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One of Two Hotly Debated Avian Flu Papers Finally Published 52

Posted by samzenpus
from the terrorist-handbook dept.
daveschroeder writes "After a marathon debate over a pair of studies that show how the avian H5N1 influenza virus could become transmissible in mammals, and an unprecedented recommendation by the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) to block publication, and its subsequent reversal, a study by Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin–Madison was finally and fully published today. 'Experimental adaptation of an influenza H5 HA confers respiratory droplet transmission to a reassortant H5 HA/H1N1 virus in ferrets' appears in the journal Nature."
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One of Two Hotly Debated Avian Flu Papers Finally Published

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  • Re:Death (Score:5, Insightful)

    by busyqth (2566075) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @03:36PM (#39872549)
    The key insight escaped you: It won't be a mistake.
  • Re:Death (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @03:36PM (#39872559)

    I hate to break it to you but 100% of mankind is going to die... ...eventually. Not all at once we hope.

  • by bobwrit (1232148) on Wednesday May 02, 2012 @03:40PM (#39872605) Homepage Journal
    This isn't particularly new for the human race. Look at MAD, for example(which is still fairly real - We still do have enough nukes to wipe out all life on the planet fairly effectively). One person, with their finger on the trigger, could slip up and 'accidentally' push the button, and cause not only the death of Humans, but also others. I'm sure there are other examples of humans having a large amount of control over the advancement of the human race, but that's the one that popped into mind. As we grow, and advance technologically, we'll keep developing even better ways of effectively causing ourselves/other species to become extinct. We're a violent race, when you think about it. While I don't like it, I'm just trying to be realistic as far as looking at humanities tendencies.

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