Scientists Plan to Create New Bird Flu Strain in Lab

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Scientists who sparked an outcry when they created easier-to-spread versions of the bird flu want to try such experiments again, this time using a worrisome new strain known as H7N9. Since it broke out in March in China, the bird flu strain has infected more than 130 people and killed 43. Such research is allowed only in high-security labs, but the U.S. government promises extra oversight and says a special review panel will weigh the pros and cons before deciding if certain flu projects are worth the risk.
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