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dos pelos Donating Member (224 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-29-09 01:30 PM
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42. Here is a consequence of such an " error "....
Edited on Wed Apr-29-09 01:37 PM by dos pelos
From the cited Toronto Sun article:

While H5N1 does not easily infect people, H3N2 viruses do. If someone exposed to a mixture of the two had been simultaneously infected with both strains, he or she could have served as an incubator for a hybrid virus able to transmit easily to and among people.

That mixing process, called reassortment, is one of two ways pandemic viruses are created.

H5N1 is very deadly to humans,poorly transmitted.Make it transmissible,(either by accident or intent),and you've got yourself a dandy effective bio weapon.

I imagine there are several other large pharmaceutical companies out there doing similar research.I would hope they're more careful.I hope the WHO and the several european governments investigating this do their jobs.

The Czech subcontractor doing the Baxter work,where the error was discovered is named Biotest;
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