even though there were significant risks, given the knowledge that the strain in question could produce a pandemic, the potential health benefits of reconstructing the virus outweighed those risks. Further, information gained from the research might be particularly useful in informing preparations for a future pandemic. Regarding H5N1, Taubenberger sees value in using reverse genetics to construct influenza strains with specific characteristics in order to study the biology of the pathogen. He believes that valuable information is gained from manipulating the virus’s genetic code and studying the effect on the pathogen’s phenotype.



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