H1N1 & Bird Flu Virus Produce Dangerous Hybrids
For complete article: "www.reuters.com"
03/01/11 - By Tan Ee Lyn
(Excerpt from article)
"The H1N1 swine
flu virus is compatible with a bird flu virus that is endemic in poultry
in Asia and they can produce hybrid viruses packed with greater killing
power, Chinese researchers warned on Monday.
The scientists made 127 hybrid
viruses by mixing genes of the H1N1 and the avian H9N2 virus in a
laboratory, and eight of the hybrids turned out to be more virulent than
either parents when tested in mice."