Free to Speak, Kawaoka Reveals Flu Details While Fouchier Stays Mum

by Martin Enserink

LONDON — Influenza virologist Yoshihiro Kawaoka finally told a captive audience here the key details of the study that helped trigger an exhaustive review by a U.S. biosecurity panel as well as one of the most intense bioethical debates in years. Speaking at a 2-day meeting at the Royal Society, Kawaoka revealed the four mutations that made a reassortant flu virus more transmissible among ferrets through tiny droplets—a finding that had triggered worries that it could cause an influenza pandemic……   >>Read More<<

Source and Photo: Science, April 3rd, 2012
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