Hobbyist scientists could recreate deadly influenza, some fear

If the full data from the lab-developed highly pathogenic and contagious avian influenza strains are published, some fear that amateur scientists could reproduce the virus and accidentally release it, particularly due to the rise of hobby science communities. Regardless of whether the information is released, experts say readiness is essential. "The only thing that can be done, and to my mind should be done, is to have a vaccine that [protects] against this," said University of Louisville microbiologist Ron Atlas, a bioterrorism expert.

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