Controversial avian influenza studies published in full

06/21/2012 | Augusta Chronicle (Ga.), The · Nature

The journal Science on Thursday published both full studies on avian influenza that detail the transformation of the virus into one that is easily transmitted via airborne droplets among ferrets. The work shows that as few as five, and no more than 10, mutations are enough to create a strain that could result in a pandemic, and two of those mutations have already been seen with some regularity among bird populations. Scientists are still grappling with several questions about avian influenza, including its current distribution and the risk it poses to humans.

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