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‘Untrue statements’ anger over work to make H5N1 bird-flu virus MORE dangerous to humans

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Steve Connor
London Independent [1]
December 22, 2013

Some of the world’s most eminent scientists have severely criticised the arguments used by some influenza researchers who are trying to make the H5N1 bird-flu virus more dangerous to humans by repeatedly infecting laboratory ferrets.

More than 50 senior scientists [2] from 14 countries, including three Nobel laureates and several fellows of the Royal Society, have written to the European Commission denouncing claims that the ferret experiments are necessary for the development of new flu vaccines and anti-viral drugs.

They also said it is “untrue” to state that the new mutations in the laboratory strain of H5N1, which have enabled the bird-flu virus to be airborne transmissible between ferrets and, potentially, people, have already been seen in nature.

The letter signed by 56 eminent scientists, many of whom are national science academicians, was designed to correct “misstatements” made by the president of the European Society of Virology, Professor Giorgio Palu, who they claim made “incorrect” assertions about the need to carry out the research in an earlier letter he had sent to the Commission.

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[1] London Independent: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/untrue-statements-anger-over-work-to-make-h5n1-birdflu-virus-more-dangerous-to-humans-9018666.html

[2] More than 50 senior scientists: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/h5n1-virus-research-its-a-small-risk-with-a-lethal-implication-9018756.html

[3] Bird flu researchers get green light to continue work on engineered virus: http://www.prisonplanet.com/bird-flu-researchers-get-green-light-to-continue-work-on-engineered-virus.html

[4] Weaponized Bird Flu Research Published as Virus ‘Just Mutations’ Away from Pandemic: http://www.prisonplanet.com/weaponized-bird-flu-research-published-as-virus-%e2%80%98just-mutations%e2%80%99-away-from-pandemic.html

[5] H5N1 Bird Flu Effects Downplayed as WHO Calls for Weaponized Strain to Go Public: http://www.prisonplanet.com/h5n1-bird-flu-effects-downplayed-as-who-calls-for-weaponized-strain-to-go-public.html

[6] H5N1 Bird Flu Strikes China Following Bioterrorism Study Release Controversy: http://www.prisonplanet.com/h5n1-bird-flu-strikes-china-following-bioterrorism-study-release-controversy.html

[7] Officials Warn of Weaponized H5N1 Bird Flu Pandemic Amid Debate: http://www.prisonplanet.com/officials-warn-of-weaponized-h5n1-bird-flu-pandemic-amid-debate.html

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