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Scientists Create New Form Of H5N1

A new form of H5N1- the avian flu, has been created, not through chance mutation but rather through the ingenious human mind. The new strain is transmissible between mammals and is thought could do a very large amount of harm if it is allowed to leave the lab.
Whether this type of research should be allowed to be published is a very wide ranging debate with strong feelings on either side. Some scientists would argue that they are not pursuing the knowledge because they want to use it as a bio-weapon, but rather because the knowledge is there to be had. Others may argue that some knowledge is best left unknown, and that the fact that we have it, allows some less responsible people to get their hands on it and potentially cause a catastrophe.

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Scientists Create New Form Of H5N1

A new form of H5N1- the avian flu, has been created, not through chance mutation but rather through the ingenious human mind. The new strain is transmissible between mammals and is thought could do a very large amount of harm if it is allowed to leave the lab.

Whether this type of research should be allowed to be published is a very wide ranging debate with strong feelings on either side. Some scientists would argue that they are not pursuing the knowledge because they want to use it as a bio-weapon, but rather because the knowledge is there to be had. Others may argue that some knowledge is best left unknown, and that the fact that we have it, allows some less responsible people to get their hands on it and potentially cause a catastrophe.