A group of researchers has found a way to spread the fatal bird flu virus, which would ultimately help in locating all strains of deadly virus present in nature, as per a recent report published in controversial research papers.
However, previously the team was prevented by a U. S. biosecurity panel from publishing the report that could prove a contributory factor for terrorists to make biological weapons. But, arguments by the University of Wisconsin-Madison's scientists have led it to allow the same.
It has been noted that Asia has been largely facing the flu outbreak since past few years, which however, rarely affects humans, but causes death or critical conditions when attacks. The team says that only a direct contact with ducks and chickens can lead to the disease.
The team has thus revealed a way of causing genetic mutations in the virus, the strains made by which thus help it spread in the air and transmit from person to person. As per the teams' statement, the same strategy would help reduce number of deaths from the flu in future with a possible technique for spotting strains.
'We now know we're living on a fault line. It's an active fault line. It really could do something', says Cambridge University's Derek Smith.
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