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Scientists seek to mutate H7N9, as 1st human transmission evidence emerges

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Just as Chinese researchers were reporting the strongest evidence yet of person-to-person transmission of the novel avian H7N9 flu, other investigators – including the same who triggered the recent firestorm over experiments with the genetically modified highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) H5N1 strain – revealed their intentions to conduct gain-of-function (GOF) work on the deadly new virus.



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