Chinese virologists hybridize deadly bird flu with highly contagious human flu.

What could possibly go wrong?

Virologists at China’s National Avian Influenza Reference Laboratory have been hybridizing H5N1 (bird flu) with the H1N1 human influenza strain that caused a flu pandemic in 2009. The stated reason is to study hybrid strains that might emerge in the wild. However, the research has been criticised for being of …