"A debate rages among scientists about the value vs. the risk of a study on the genetic engineering of a much deadlier avian flu virus.
A science journal is poised to publish a study that some experts believe could give a recipe to bioterrorists.
The study is from an experiment by a Dutch scientist who engineered the avian flu virus to make it more deadly to mammals by making it spread through the air.
That experiment was funded by the U.S. government, and it has sparked a passionate debate among scientists. Part of that debate is over where this research could lead, and whether it is worth it."
And the hype machine cranks ON...! Seriously, unless we KNOW how the damn virus CAN change in order to become mre transmissible, we won't know if it HAS - until it bites us. I find it amazing, personally, that a couple of nay-sayers can get as much publicity as they have - because they were outvoted 2 to 1.