Susanne Posel, Contributor
Yoshihiro Kawaoka, professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison revealed in a conference at the Royal Society last month how he created a hybrid bird flu that could spread by exposure to coughing and sneezing.
Kawaoka discovered 4 genetic mutations that allowed the virus to spread between test animals such as ferrets while they were kept only in close proximity to one another, in separate cages.
While this discovery was significant, the US National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) requested that portions of Kawaoka’s work be removed from his paper before publishing it in the British science journal, Nature.
The NSABB voiced concerns that this information would make replication easy for “rouge scientists”.
Dr. Ron Foucher, from Erasmus Medical Centre in Rotterdam conducted a study concerning another strain of mutant bird flu that is also communicable through coughing and sneezing. The US journal Science is reviewing this paper for publication.
The scientific community is divided on the issue of publishing such controversial work. Some believe it will incite copy-cats to reproduce the findings and have the ability to unleash a pandemic onto the populations.
Others feel that without these studies published, the full extent of the possibilities is unknown.
The NSABB, who was staunchly against Kawaoka’s work published, changed its mind and endorsed it. At a meeting of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., the vote was unanimous; as well as the band on Foucher being lifted. Neither paper will be censored before publication.
According to the Royal Society:
the world’s human population, coupled with unprecedented levels of consumption present profound challenges to human health and well-being, and the natural environment.
While the two researchers gave speeches before the audience at the Royal Society conference, they explained in detail under what conditions the mutant bird flu could be transmitted; they claimed that the strain they had invented did not spread as readily as the seasonal flu.
There was the mention of a pharmaceutical, an antiviral drug, such as Tamiflu that could control the viral infections.
Kawaoka created the hybrid flu strain by integrating the H5N1 bird flu with swine flu. The same swine flu that caused the pandemic in 2009.
Kawaoka discovered the virus attaches itself to the cells in the throat, infecting them. He said it was the mutations he witnessed that gave the virus this ability.
Foucher was less forthcoming with the details of his mutant strain of virus. The Dutch government forced him into secrecy. Foucher could not divulge the specifics of the mutant strain he created. He did comment that “most of the mutations we found we can see in the field, and we are even seeing them in combination.”
Foucher remarked that he was interested in the ability to control a virus and its ability to infect people.
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