In 2010 and 2011, Yoshihiro Kawaoka of the University of Wisconsin, Madison and Ron Fouchier, Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands, announced that they had succeeded in making the deadly avian H5N1 influenza virus more transmissible between ferrets.

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Dr. Boyle states that Kawaoka is “the same death investigator who revived the Spanish flu virus for the Pentagon’s offensive weapons programs. Critics point out that H5N1 can mutate and gain human-to-human transmission ability and create a risk of triggering a pandemic. Marc Lipsitch.

Harvard Epidemiologist: The experiments should never have been performed. “Is research so compelling and so important to perform that it can justify the risk?” “The answer is no.” Kawaoka and Fouchier – and other respected scientists, obviously disagreed.