born_yesterday: And then what, Subby? What do we do then, once we've released these superchickens upon the world?/There will be no turning back.
turbocucumber: They might also single-handedly produce an even deadlier form of virus. Just like all these antibiotics-resistant bacteria.
gerbilpox: Unlikely. The flu survives because it's constantly adapting. That's why we need a newly-formulated shot every year.As I understand it (caveat: IANAB - I am not a biologist), it's lousy at making exact copies of itself, so nearly all have errors. 99% are so defective that they can't infect anything. The other 1% is still plenty though, and inevitably some of those have a error that just makes them different enough to escape the old antibodies.Then there's the cross-infection between pigs, humans, etc., not to mention other types of birds. (Whales can get it from seagulls.)What we could get is a bird flu that wipes out millions of us, but leaves chickens unharmed.BTW, they're making chickens with teeth now.Sleep tight.
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