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In what may turn out to be a really bad idea, Dutch scientists have created a strain of the bird flu virus that maintains its 60 percent kill rate and is easily transferred between mammals, and they’re looking to tell the world how they did it.

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Remember the H1N1 panic that erupted only last year that sent public health bodies into a frenzy as we braced for worldwide catastrophe? Well, it turns out everything may have been a bit overstated, and that the credibility lost by health organizations could actually endanger lives.

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It may finally be the beginning of the end for the H1N1 outbreak in Mexico, as Mexico City's mayor has reduced the flu virus threat level a notch with no new cases discovered in the past week.

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Can we seriously stop this already? A U.S. Navy vessel has halted an aid mission to the South Pacific because one sailor has developed the swine flu/bacon flu/North American flu/H1N1/most current strain of influenza.

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Of course, nobody knows for sure how the H1N1 swine flu virus might morph in the future, but the word from the science community suggests that the current strain may not be quite as catastrophic as it's been cracked up to be.

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