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(Mother Nature Network)   Fear genetically-modified chickens all you want, but they single-handedly might wipe out the bird flu   (mnn.com) divider line 11
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2013-03-09 08:09:40 AM
And then what, Subby?  What do we do then, once we've released these superchickens upon the world?

/There will be no turning back.
 
2013-03-09 08:16:01 AM
Headline is phrased as a question, subby, so no.
 
2013-03-09 08:24:30 AM

Watch out...

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2013-03-09 09:01:56 AM

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.


They won't stand a chance against the cyborg gorillas.
 
2013-03-09 10:38:45 AM
They might also single-handedly produce an even deadlier form of virus. Just like all these antibiotics-resistant bacteria.
 
2013-03-09 01:40:45 PM

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.


We'll fly the coop.
 
2013-03-09 01:54:42 PM

turbocucumber: They might also single-handedly produce an even deadlier form of virus. Just like all these antibiotics-resistant bacteria.

Or they could turn into a giant monster...


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\better to be safe than sorry right?
 
2013-03-09 02:16:57 PM
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.
 
2013-03-09 04:44:36 PM

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.


There goes my hen's teeth collection.
 
2013-03-09 09:45:51 PM
The bird flu? That thing that killed like 9 people in China, all of whom worked in close contact with industrial amounts of bird feces?

Yes, clearly THAT is a priority.
 
2013-03-10 01:21:00 PM
The problem with a chicken doing whatever single-handedly is that a single hand isn't something it has.
 
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