Further defense of the Chinese H1N1 – H5N1 study

Robert Herriman of The Global Dispatch interviewed me this week on the H1N1 – H5N1 reassortant study that has been in the headlines:

There was much written concerning the research published earlier this month in Science, where researchers from China’s Harbin Veterinary Research Institute reported creating an  avian H5N1 (highly pathogenic) and pandemic 2009 H1N1 (easily transmissible) hybrid, that according to them, achieved airborne spread between guinea pigs.

Read the rest of the article at The Global Dispatch.

7 thoughts on “Further defense of the Chinese H1N1 – H5N1 study”

  1. I’ve read the article. I’ve learned so much from it. Anyway, I’m just curious why those new influenza viruses arise from animals. Also, what are the causes that make these viruses mutate rapidly? Is global warming responsible for this?

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  2. you avoid the discussion with the other experts, instead you discuss with
    journalists and non-virologists

    Or they avoid it, I don’t know. But it is important, that discussion is
    needed and it doesn’t really happen.

    Instead experts give interviews to journalists, or write papers, or

    do talk shows addressed to a wide non-expert audience.

    But I think discussion in internet, in blogs or better forums is

    You can quote and reply directly point by point,

    you can add charts,pics,links, you can reply when you want, you can edit

    others can comment, search links,elaborate,summarize

  3. they accidentally go to mammals !They mutate as rapidly as all flu-A,RNA-viruses,no proof-reading.Unrelated to global warming afaict. Flu likes it cold

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