It was around this time last year when two teams of scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands submitted papers for publication in Science and Nature describing how the H5N1 virus could be converted into a human-contagious form. All that was required were a pair of crafty genetic manipulations — and voila — instant pandemic. This revelation — and the very nature of the work — rocked the scientific community, who quickly set up a voluntary ban on further research. But now, a year later, that moratorium has been lifted and research can once again continue.
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