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Aussie Roche Researcher Says A/H1N1 May Be Accidental Creation

This article was originally published in PharmAsia News

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An Australian researcher involved in development of Roche's Tamiflu (oseltamivir) is about to publish a report saying the A/H1N1 flu virus may have been created accidentally in the making of an antiviral. The World Health Organization is investigating the assertion of Adrian Gibbs, who collaborated on the Roche research. He said that in analyzing the genetic blueprint of the virus, he realized it may have evolved in the eggs he and others used to grow viruses used to make vaccines. The WHO was given an advance copy of the article ready for publication. In addition to indicating a need for greater security during research, a WHO officials said the discovery could allow them to get a better grasp on the ability of the virus to spread. (Click here for more

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