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December 02, 2011

Dual-use research

Dutch scientists have created a super-flu which, if released, could trigger a pandemic and a death toll in the millions. And, of course, they plan to publish how they did it.

U.S. National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB) chair, Paul Keim, adds a note of caution.

"I can't think of another pathogenic organism that is as scary as this one," adds Keim, who has worked on anthrax for many years. "I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this."

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 2, 2011 03:27 AM