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Well scientists have created a mutant killer flu virus and US government officials say they are worried now that this virus could end up in the wrong hands.
The bug is said to be highly contagious and capable of killing millions of people.
By a security officials are now warning researchers please don't publish too many details about this thing.
In fact they're questioned whether scientists should have created it in the first place.
-- top US official told the Daily Mail newspaper in the United Kingdom I can't think of another path energetic organism that is as scary.
As this one.
And goes on to say I don't think anthrax is scary at all compared to this.
Doctor William Shatner joins us he chairs the department of preventative medicine at Vanderbilt university in Nashville and is live with us.
-- -- this afternoon sir this is very scary to a layman who doesn't know much about medicine and pathogens and all the rest.
Well it sure is scary.
But I think what they're doing is reasonable they're going to try to contain the information so that it's not just available to everyone.
I think eventually this information will get out after all how to make an atom bomb is now available on the Internet but.
It's a reasonable attempt to contain this -- -- how dangerous might this I don't know formula if you will be.
We're in the hands of the wrong people those who might want to attack us.
Well actually I don't think it's a major bioterrorism threat and the reason for that is.
Once you release influenza you can't control it it'll go back on the by terrorists and make them just the sick as it's gonna make us so.
Influenza has never been high on the list but it could escape from the laboratory.
And create a pandemic around the world and so you have to really contain it.
And deal with the very very safely.
What are your personal thoughts doctor on the wisdom of creating this obviously with the intention of trying to figure out how to prevent widespread what the spread of it.
But the wisdom of creating it in the first place.
The offer for what's done is done but this notion how is it.
On -- genetic basis.
That a virus that only is in birds and doesn't really get transmitted to humans can suddenly transform itself and become.
An agent that can make us sick that's an important scientific question.
These two investigators.
These two groups of investigators have now addressed then and he answered it given us a lot of important information.
That said we now need to contain yeah no doubt about that doctor William Shatner from Vanderbilt sir good to see you show your gold.
Good to be within our.
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