Researchers have found out what made the 1918 flu pandemic so deadly -- a group of three genes that lets the virus invade the lungs and cause pneumonia.
They mixed samples of the 1918 influenza strain with modern seasonal flu viruses to find the three genes and said their study might help in the development of new flu drugs.
The discovery, published in Tuesday's issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could also point to mutations that might turn ordinary flu into a dangerous pandemic
Is it just me? Or does this story give you the creeps? Just thinking about scientists tinkering with this stuff. Of course it is always said, it is for prevention purposes, but is it? I don't know?
It would be a good way to massively reduce the population wouldn't it? Especially as you read a little further and the article says...
H5N1 is circulating among poultry in Asia, Europe and parts of Africa. It rarely affects humans but has killed 247 of the 391 people infected since 2003.
A few mutations would make it into a pandemic strain that could kill millions globally within a few months.
And you realize they have figured out which genes are necessary to cause mutations, that could make it possible to turn H5N1 into a pandemic, and a deadly one at that.
A remedy for the usless/bottom feeders.