Transcript for Bird Flu Pandemic: How the Virus Mutates
Authorities here in this country. Are locked in a furious debate over protecting the public from the deadly strain of the bird flu researchers are ready to report what they discovered about how deadly... See More
Authorities here in this country. Are locked in a furious debate over protecting the public from the deadly strain of the bird flu researchers are ready to report what they discovered about how deadly the virus mutates. But some experts now -- making that information public will put all -- all of us I should say greater risk ABC's Jeffrey -- tonight. -- exclusive access to that key lab that made a new discovery in the Netherlands. All sides agreed that the mutated bird flu virus created by scientists here in Rotterdam could kill millions if it gets out. But while international health officials say the best way to protect the public is to release the research. Security experts say it is crazy to let these secrets -- the hands of terrorists. ABC news got an exclusive tour of the research facility that engineered the so called doomsday virus mutated bird flu that is particularly menacing. Because it can be passed between humans does this scare you. What -- discovered. -- just what scares me is that this can happen. I'm just gonna happen so easily. Scientists here engineered the new virus by manipulating just a few genes. So they could better understand human to human transmission. Something that nature can easily do on its own. No visitors -- -- the high security lab where the super virus lives inside a bank vault but we were -- -- how it was tested on animals. In these photos the ferret on the right was given the mutated virus air flowed into the next cage killing all forty of the exposed animals. It was the US government that asked researchers here to do this work and it's the US tax -- that is funding yet but what the information falls into the wrong hands of the virus escapes by accident. I'm not real comfortable with having this virus exists. Anywhere. Scientist doctor Ron -- -- the support of many health experts who say without his research know what will be able to spot an airborne bird flu. Before it spreads and kills thousands. -- million. Otherwise we will be overwhelmed by. Mother nature terrorizing us in the future. Delicate balancing act that deadly research to stop due date by. Jeffrey -- ABC news Rotterdam.
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