When a flu virus is made deadlier
Scientists debate whether research should be published — or be done at all
BY DENISE GRADY AND DONALD MCNEIL JR.
The New York Times
Appeared in print: Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011, page A1
The young scientist, normally calm and measured, seemed edgy when he stopped by his boss’s office.
The news, delivered one afternoon last July, was chilling. It meant that Fouchier’s research group had taken one of the most dangerous flu viruses ever known and made it even more dangerous — by tweaking it genetically to make it more contagious.
What shocked the researchers was how easy it had been, Fouchier said. Just a few mutations were all it…
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