[quote=“Fox”][quote=“headhonchoII”]Yes there are a range of mutations possible but it is possible to predict ahead of time the effect of certain mutations as specific enzymes or structural proteins of the virus are more important for transmissability. Researchers can use research on H1N1 and the Spanish bird flu variant to get an idea. I haven’t read the papers or background papers so can’t really comment much more.
The other thing it does is to make the public and governments realise in a very concrete way that yes, bird flu epidemics need to be prepared for and taken very seriously.
There is no doubt these virus strains created were dangerous, however it is unclear if they would be spread very far if they went ‘wild’.[/quote]
Airborne means they would spread easily from victim to victim the same way regular flu which kills hundreds of thousands every year spreads. Yes, hundreds of thousands. In the US alone regular flu kills 40000 people a year.[/quote]
It will most likely turn airborne anyway, might as well find a vaccine for it now. I’m sure those scientists know what they’re doing since they’ve been given enough funding to research the virus in the US and the Netherlands.