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Scientists deliberately create 127 hybrid viruses from H1N1, then warn they are dangerous

Wednesday, March 09, 2011 by: Ethan A. Huff, staff writer
Tags: H1N1, hybrid viruses, health news

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(NaturalNews) Chinese researchers recently warned the world in a study that the H1N1 virus is capable of combining with various other viruses to create "novel pandemic strains." Published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, the paper states that with the proper mixing host in place, viruses can swap genes and mutate into new strains -- and researchers discovered this by deliberately creating 127 of them in a laboratory.

After concocting these 127 hybrid viruses, researchers found that eight of them were more harmful than their parent viruses when tested in mice, according to a Reuters report. And researchers warn that these deadly mutant strains may one day be a serious threat to public health because they cause pneumonia, edema, and hemorrhaging.

"The main message is that the H1N1 can combine in certain ways with the H9N2 to create reassortants and some of the viruses had an increased pathogenicity comparing with the parent viruses in mice," wrote Jinhua Liu, lead author of the study from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the China Agricultural University in Beijing, in an email to Reuters.

It is unclear why the researchers felt compelled to conduct such a study in the first place, considering that real-life reports from back in 2009 verified that H1N1 is capable of mutating with other virus strains (http://www.naturalnews.com/027503_Ukraine_su...). And why the researchers deliberately created a whopping 127 mutant strains leaves more questions than actual answers about the real agenda behind the study.

Some readers may remember the case of Baxter International, the multinational drug giant that shipped avian flu-tainted vaccines to 18 different countries in 2009. The company somehow mixed multiple live strains of avian flu virus into vaccines and mailed them off, despite the fact that its laboratories supposedly adhere to Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3) standards that prevent such a scenario from ever occurring (http://www.naturalnews.com/025760.html). The case was never properly resolved, and based on the evidence available it appeared as though Baxter tried to commit a deliberate act of bio-terrorism.

How does this relate to the Chinese scientists who created 127 hybrid H1N1 viruses? It may not relate at all, having just been a simple experiment that for whatever reason needed to be replicated more than 100 times with various viral strains. Or perhaps the research was really part of a much more sinister agenda to create these deadly mutant viruses in the name of research, and later release them into the population. Either way, the dubious nature of the study and its subsequent warnings are highly suspect, especially in light of the great swine flu hoax that spawned it in the first place.

Editor's Note: NaturalNews is strongly against the use of all forms of animal testing. We fully support implementation of humane medical experimentation that promotes the health and well-being of all living creatures.

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/02/28/us...

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