Is New Deadly Flu Strain a Potential Bioweapon?

A new flu strain could help develop better vaccines and treatments.
1:20 | 12/20/11

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Well this creation of the viral flu strain this bird flu strain is an important scientific achievement. It tells us how genetically. This virus. Which had not been able to be transmitted very effectively from person to person. Now appears to be able to do so that's a major scientific advance. Now the question. Where -- that information ought to be published in the open scientific literature. In science -- he. Advocate transparency. And openness and communication. With all the scientists in the world -- -- some people who believe. That that information could be misused. In some way. They -- people might try to create this virus and on unleash it on the population. Actually I think the risk of -- pandemic created by terrorists. Is very very small. -- influenza virus is not a good. Terrorism agent and the reason for that is once you release the virus in the population. It's going to affect your population also so the terrorists will get sick and the terrorists population would get sick just like the rest.

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