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That is my understanding as well, whereby imo the operative word is "yet".

The main fear at this point is that if a person infected with "human" flu additionally contracts H5N1, there is a high likelihood that DNA segments will become recombined in the replication process so as to give rise to an H5N1 strain that can be transmitted among humans.

This in addition to the inherent mutability of viruses.

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman

by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 03:52:33 AM EST
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Mind you, the mutations and mixings could also result in the disease becoming less deadly as well.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:03:25 AM EST
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True. But is that a responsible basis for health policy?

The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:15:40 AM EST
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No, but it's not a point you hear made very often.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Thu Aug 18th, 2005 at 04:52:18 AM EST
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