Scientist's H5N1 strain is more transmissible among animals

11/17/2011 | · National Public Radio (text and audio)

Dutch virologist Ron Fouchier induced five mutations in the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain of avian influenza, making the virus more easily transmitted among ferrets, the animal model used to study human transmission. Some in the scientific community, which normally readily shares discoveries, are urging Fouchier not to disclose the mechanism of his discovery on concerns of possible misuse.

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