Was it ‘crazy’ for this scientist to re-create a bird flu virus that killed 50 million people?

June 12, 2014 12:56 PM

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Was it ‘crazy’ for this scientist to re-create a bird flu virus that killed 50 million people?

A famous picture from the 1918 flu pandemic shows so many rows of bedridden soldiers that it looks like an optical illusion — the double-mirror effect. It’s a jarring image to accompany jarring events that began in January 1918 and quickly subsumed the planet.

Little about the Spanish flu, which would ultimately infect one-third of all souls on Earth and kill a staggering 50 million, makes sense. Most influenza outbreaks pick off the weakest among us: the young, elderly, and infirm. But this one, called the “greatest medical holocaust in history,” targete...

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