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Super bird flu strain created by scientists is a recipe for disaster

Super bird flu strain created by scientists is a recipe for disaster

And you thought “Contagion” was only a movie.

Scientists in the Netherlands have genetically altered the N5N1 avian influenza strain — more commonly known as “bird flu” — making it contagious enough to kill up to half the world’s population.

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

The virus was genetically altered by virologist Ron Fouchier of Erasmus Medical Center so that it is now easily transmissible between ferrets, which react similarly to humans in transmitting flu viruses.

Even more frightening is that Fouchier is fighting to have his work published — a recipe for disaster should it get into the wrong hands, according to academics and bioterrorism experts.

 

N.J. weather forecast: Rain on its way for evening

N.J. weather forecast: Rain on its way for evening
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An advancing cold front from the southwest associated with a powerful area of low pressure over the Ohio River Valley will produce periods of moderate to heavy ...

Rainfall record in N.J. could be broken this month

Rainfall record in N.J. could be broken this month
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The all-time record for rainfall in N.J. came in 1996, when 59.96 inches fell across the state. At the beginning of November we were just three inches short of that mar...

Online shopping Black Friday through Cyber Monday sets new record

Online shopping Black Friday through Cyber Monday sets new record
BY BOB HOLT
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

I could have sworn there was a recession going on across the United States. But according to the results from Black Friday, apparently that was just an ugly rumor to a ...

N.J. weather forecast: Warm weather for one more day

N.J. weather forecast: Warm weather for one more day
BY STEVE DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Another warm day is expected for the Philadelphia and New York City metropolitan areas today as high pressure over the Atlantic keeps an advancing cold front at ...

2012 Mercedes C-300 review: The all-purpose luxury car

2012 Mercedes C-300 review: The all-purpose luxury car
BY ROGER WITHERSPOON
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
CAR REVIEW

The snow was no problem.

It was only about two inches deep and, at that level, most cars would ignore it. But the temperature kept skipping just above...

Princeton Prof. Adam Cohen appointed to Oyster Creek safety panel

Princeton Prof. Adam Cohen appointed to Oyster Creek safety panel

Appointment draws criticism from environmentalists

Princeton University Prof. Adam Cohen, who is described as an expert on nuclear power and safety issues, has been appointed as the independent member ...

N.J. weather forecast: Rain clears for Thanksgiving Day

N.J. weather forecast: Rain clears for Thanksgiving Day
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

The busiest travel day of the year is today and on cue, rain is getting in the way. The good news is the rain won't last long.

An area of low pressure over Lake...

N.J. weather forecast: Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches expected

N.J. weather forecast: Rainfall of 1 to 2 inches expected
BY STEVEN DiMARTINO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

An area of low pressure in the Tennessee River Valley and a developing warm front over the southern Mid Atlantic will move towards and through the Philadelphia ...

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