A little while ago I wrote about the stupidity of manipulating the H5N1 bird flu virus to make person-to-person transmission easy. The following, from the BBC News website confirms just how right I was to feel that way:-
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has expressed deep concern about the way research was being carried out on the H5N1 virus, which can be fatal if transmitted to humans.
Such work carried significant risks and must be tightly controlled, said the WHO.
Scientists in the Netherlands and the US said last week they had discovered ways in which the virus might mutate so it can spread more easily to – and between – humans and other mammals.
The US government has asked the scientists not to publish full details, in case the information is used to produce a biological weapon. (End)